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Orange Order to reach out to public with Balmoral display

The Orange Order has confirmed it will be laying out its stand at this year's Balmoral Show.

The agri-food event is expected to draw in as many as 30,000 visitors, with over 700 trade stalls on display.

It will be the Orange Order's first appearance at the festival in three years, with the hope it will give them a platform to showcase themselves to the wider public.

In a statement, its chief executive Iain Carlisle said it would "proactively engage with members of the public about the Orange cultural tradition and heritage".

He added the organisation had received positive feedback in the past, and would hope to build on this.

The Grade Lodge outreach stand will be located at EK120, inside the Eikon Shopping Village.

The show, the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland, will run from Wednesday May 16 until Saturday May 19 at Balmoral Park, the site of the former Maze prison.

The event is in its 150th year and will this year be sponsored by Ulster Bank.

The four-day event sees prizes given to Northern Ireland's premier farmers and other industry specialists.

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