We Brought Orange Heritage Home to the Orange Citadel!
Futures Bright for Orange Heritage
Orange Heritage Week saw the release of our audio tours, using i-Beacon technology, the first of its kind in any tourist building in Northern Ireland.
The kids treasure trail was a big success and proved that Orange Heritage Week can be enjoyed by all ages. The kids were given free rain of the hall and they throughly enjoyed their time exploring it and discovering a little bit of history along the way. They enjoyed finding the treasure and their party afterwards with juice and treats.
Release of our Exhibitions
We had three Exhibitions open during Orange Heritage Week. These included Portadown Orangemen on the Western Front, Orange & Industry and Drumcree: 20 Years on. The exhibitions displayed local history and its connections to Orange Heritage within the town. Love it or hate it, theres no doubt about it, Orange Heritage runs deep into the history of Portadown. The exhibitions took a while to get through, with visitors coming back over a couple of days to explore them.
Band Performances & Public Talks
We would like to say a big thank you to Star of David Accordion band for their open concert they performed on the Monday night. It showcased the week nicely, highlighting the importance of music throughout Orange Heritage. Also a big thank you to Historian Robert Wallace for his two very interesting talks on ‘The Williamite Wars in the European Context’ and ‘The Palaces of William and Mary’. Both proved a very good insight into the beginnings of the Orange Culture and history. Link Below for a short video of the bands performance.
Spooky Times Ahead..
We have Ghost Tours running throughout October! To kick those of we had our first Ghost Tour of the season during Orange Heritage Week. This proved very popular and we hope everyone had a good time, there was a few laughs along the way as well as the scary bits!
Finishing on a high!
To finish the festival off we had our MacMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning! We are happy to announce we raised a total of £295. We are delighted with the total and we have our visitors support to thank for that.
Its a Thank You from us!
We would like to thank everyone who supported us for our festival of events for Orange Heritage Week. To all our visitors who attended your support is very much appreciated.
Drumcree: 20 years on
Portadown Orange District LOL 1 in association with Portadown Heritage Tours and Carleton Street Heritage Centre are hosting an Exhibition and film show ‘Drumcree: twenty years on’ to mark twenty years since the banning of the return parade from Drumcree.
Photo credit: Portadown Heritage Tours
Where did it all begin?
The July anniversary Church parade to Drumcree is the oldest Orange Church Parade in the world. This fact alone gives a great sense of pride to Portadown Orange District. The parade first took place in 1807 a mere decade after the formation of the Orange Institution in 1795 a few miles away in Loughgall, which is hosting the annual County Armagh twelfth Celebrations this year.
Demographic Changes to the traditionally known Portadown area of ‘The Walk’ including Parkmount and Victoria Terrace meant the parade was first stopped on its return journey in 1995 and by 1998 it was stopped completely. This period of time and the Siege of Drumcree years saw Portadown become headline news worldwide as thousands gathered on ‘the Hill’.
Routes and approaches
Portadown Orange District LOL 1 continue to have a protest every Sunday against the Parades Commission determination that they are banned. Although Portadown District have tried numerous approaches to various organisations to have a talks process with residents of the area to resolve the issues surrounding the parade. There has been a negative response to Portadown Districts efforts at mediation.
Everyone welcome to the exhibition and film show
The exhibition and film show will be the largest ever showcase of archives on display from the Drumcree years following the story through past, present and future. This exhibition and film show is open to everyone as an opportunity to learn and explore the events of the Drumcree years and a chance for visitors to see the story first hand rather than the medias perception.
Photo Credit: Portadown Heritage Tours
The Exhibition and film show will start on Monday 2nd July and will run until Saturday 7th July. It will be held in Carleton Street Heritage Centre located within Carleton Street Orange Hall. It will be open each weeknight from 7pm-9pm and 2pm-4pm on Saturday. Each night will see a different film on show these will include; Drumcree 1995, Drumcree 1996, Behind Orange Lines, Drumcree 1997, Drumcree 1998 and The Café on the Hill. The exhibition room will also be open at the same time for visitors to explore the archives and items on display. Follow Portadown Heritage Tours on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest details.
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Photo credit: Portadown Heritage Tours