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The arch is close to Clifton Street Orange Hall in north Belfast

The arch is close to Clifton Street Orange Hall in north Belfast

The arch is close to Clifton Street Orange Hall in north Belfast

Belfast’s Clifton Street Orange Hall has erected an arch for the first time.

The project has been more than a year in the making and involved much planning and a fundraising drive.

Trevor McIntyre, of the arch committee, said: “It was an ambitious plan but we were always confident that it could be done.

“And now, a year later and after an awful lot of hard work, the arch is finally in place.”

It was put up on Wednesday, and a service of dedication led by Orange chaplain Rev Mervyn Gibson was held on Thursday.

It features King Billy on his white charger — a design similar to the sculpture on top of the nearby Orange Hall — and a shield dedicated to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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Mr McIntyre said the process from design to getting the arch in place had not been without its difficulties.

“There was a lot of work involved in this project and thanks are due to many people who played important roles, especially those who made financial donations and bought merchandise to assist with the necessary funding,” he explained.


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