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My goal is unopposed parades, says new Orange leader

By Staff Reporter

The new most senior Orangeman in Belfast is an avid model railway fan and has a collection of the cricketing 'bible' - Wisden's Almanack.

Spencer Beattie has just been elected as the Grand Master of the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast.

The 68-year-old father-of-three succeeds George Chittick.

Mr Beattie said it was a "truly humbling experience" to assume the role.

He said: "It is an enormous honour and privilege to have been elected as the County Grand Master of the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast."

The Order said Mr Beattie played a leading role in resolving the Crumlin Road impasse, and that he aspired to a day in the future when all Orange parades were unopposed in Belfast.

"We remain committed to achieving fair and equitable parading legislation and seek to only walk on shared arterial routes in all of our public processions," said Mr Beattie.

"Previous determinations by the Parades Commission have served to damage community relations and foster division," he added.

"We believe a fairer regulatory system would be supported by the overwhelming number of people from all communities and would go some way to aiding mutual tolerance and respect for all traditions, for the betterment of all in our city," commented Mr Beattie.

Mr Beattie, a member of Tyndale LOL 1869, is a retired general manager.

The grandfather-of-six and great-grandfather-of-two is an avid Glasgow Rangers supporter.

He also follows the English cricket team and boasts a collection of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

He has a lifelong interest in model railways, with a large personal collection of trains and rolling stock.

Meanwhile, William Hughes, from Sandy Row District, will assume the position of Deputy County Grand Master, replacing Mr Beattie in the role.

Elsewhere, Perry Reid and Samuel Calvin have been elected as new County Grand Masters in Tyrone and Londonderry respectively.

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