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SUSSEX DISTRICT ORANGE LODGE COMMEMORATE THE 36th (ULSTER) DIVISION.
On Saturday, 20th May, Sussex District Loyal Orange lodge No 88, held a parade and church service in the seaside resort of Seaford to commemorate the 36th (Ulster) Division. It was at the Seaford army camp that the division trained in 1915.
Members of the 36th (Ulster) Division Memorial LOL No 977 and from the Women’s Loyal Orange Association traveled to England to join their Sussex brethren. The Ulster Division Lodge has its roots in a Military Lodge LOL No 862 formed in Seaford from the ranks of men from East Belfast (8th Battalion) Royal Irish Rifles.
The parade was led by Corby Loyalist Flute Band and started at 1.30pm, 200 yards east of the Martello Tower, stopping briefly at the 36th (Ulster) Division memorial plaque. The excellent and well positioned plaque has been seen being read by many tourists as they walk along the popular promenade to the famous Seven Sisters -a series of chalk cliffs. We had the honour of having the plaque unveiled by local councillor, Mark Brown on 3rd October 2015, to mark the departure of the division, encamped at Seaford from July to the end of August 1915.
The Sussex District Master, Rt Wor Bro Ian Smart conducted a short commemoration service at the plaque before the parade continued to St Leonard's Parish Church for a service, conducted by Rev. Paul Owen. The address was given by Rev Derreck Lee-Philpot. This church would have been familiar to the soldiers of the 36th (Ulster) Division where many worshipped during their time in Seaford.
Following the service, the brethren and sisters reassembled and paraded through the streets of Seaford to the local British Legion Hall for refreshments. Many visitors and locals were obviously pleased to see the parade and it was lovely to see local children dancing to the sound of the band tunes, just like being back in Belfast said one brother.
The Sussex District Orange Lodge would like to make the commemoration an annual event. We understand there is considerable expense in organising a parade as there are no local bands suitable and as like this year, they had to book a band that had to travel a considerable distance, which adds to the expense.
A special acknowledgement would have to go to Wor Bro Andrew Baldwin, secretary to the Sussex District Lodge No 88 for all his efforts in making the parade possible. See you at the 12th in Belfast, Bro Andrew.
Every year members of the Lewes Martyrs Memorial Lodge 389 join the brethren from the 36th (Ulster) Division Memorial LOL No 977 at the head of Belfast District No 3. We hope that some members of a new lodge being formed in August at Shoreham will be joining us in future years.
Photographs: Corby Loyalist Flute Band at Seaford Parade.
Colour Party headed by Sussex District Master, Rt Wor Bro Ian Smart.