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Orange Order launches new-look newspaper in Belfast

The launch of the new-look Orange Standard newspaper Tom Haire; chairman of the Orange Standard committee; Grand Master Edward Stevenson; Arlene Foster MLA, DUP leader; and Alderman Tommy Sandford, Belfast High Sheriff. Credit: Orange Order.
The launch of the new-look Orange Standard newspaper Tom Haire; chairman of the Orange Standard committee; Grand Master Edward Stevenson; Arlene Foster MLA, DUP leader; and Alderman Tommy Sandford, Belfast High Sheriff. Credit: Orange Order.

The Orange Order has unveiled the new print and online editions of the Orange Standard newspaper at a launch in Belfast.

The newspaper, which was founded in 1973, provides news, features and opinion regarding the activities of the Loyal Order, as well as providing a platform for the wider Unionist community.

Key figures involved in the newspaper's formation and production included the late Rev Canon Dr Samuel Ernest Long and Dougie Sloan, a newspaper editor in Co Armagh.

Grand Master Edward Stevenson said: “For the best part of five decades, the Orange Standard has been the voice-piece of the Institution as it articulates its ethos and message to a wider audience. The relaunch of the newspaper, and its vibrant new design, is another important milestone in the publication’s evolving history.

“I trust our traditional and online readership across the world will be impressed by the new-look; which we believe will further serve to enhance the newspaper as it continues to articulate the opinions of the Orange and Unionist community to a wider audience.”

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Harold Henning, Deputy Grand Master; Edward Stevenson, Grand Master; and Rev Mervyn Gibson, Grand Secretary. Credit: Orange Order

Tom Haire, chairman of the Orange Standard committee, said: “The way people receive news is constantly developing, and the Orange Standard like most other printed publications is having to continuously adapt.

"Following on the from the introduction of a digital version two years ago, the unveiling of a new-look for the newspaper is another exciting landmark."

He added: “Our aim is that the paper will continue to develop but will also consolidate the best of the past pedigree that has made it such a popular read in the lodge room, the living room and further afield.”

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