“Medway Martrys’ Banner Dedicated at St. Georges Day Parade in London”

Pictures courtesy of Bro. Graham Mitchell (Mitchell Images)

The annual London District No. 63 parade was held on Saturday April 21st. Brethren from across the Metropolitan Province (and surrounding) were joined by an esteemed delegation from the County Grand Lodge of Leitrim.  

Adding to the splendour of this year’s parade was the superb new banner of LOL 652, Medway Martyrs (Kent). The banner commemorates Protestant Martyrs of Rochester, Nicholas Hall of Dartford, Nicholas Ridley (martyred in Oxford and Bishop of Rochester from 1547 to 1550), John Harpole and Joan Beach. John Harpole was from the parish of St. Nicholas in Rochester, and along with Joan Beach a widow, of Tunbridge was martyred in April 1556. In June 1555 Nicholas Hall, a bricklayer from Dartford, was arrested and charged with heresy due to his Protestant beliefs. Tried by the notorious Maurice Griffiths, Hall was sentenced to public execution and was burnt at the stake in Rochester in July 1555. The banner also depicts the White Horse of Kent, Rochester Cathedral and the War Memorial at the Great Lines. The reverse pictures the landing of King William III at Torbay.

The banner was dedicated by W. Bro. Rev. Samuel McKay and received by W. Bro Chris King, Worshipful Master of LOL 652 from Sister Tracey Cunningham of Corby’s First Ladies LLOL 53.

Corby Purple Star Flute Band from the Midlands Province of England led the parade from Millbank through Westminster Square to the Cenotaph where District Master Rt. Worshipful Brother John Stockman laid a wreath in memory of all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our nation.

The parade continued towards Trafalgar Square and onto Pall Mall where the District Secretary laid a wreath at the Duke of York Column. Prince Frederick, Duke of York (a former Grand Master of the Loyal Orange Institution of England) was also Earl of Ulster, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and First and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath.

The parade ended in St. James Gardens with a wreath laying by the Worshipful District Master at the PC Yvonne Fletcher Memorial. Corby Purple Star FB also laid a tribute. Votes of thanks were extended to the Metropolitan Police, the Corby Purple Star Flute Band, visiting Brethren and Brethren from London District Lodges.

The St. George’s Day Parade is one of several annual Orange events held in London. The Grand Lodge of England is hosting a Diamond Jubilee parade in London on June 16th, and there will be a Remembrance Day Parade hosted by London District on November 10th.

Visitors are assured a very warm welcome and the exceptional experience of parading London’s historic streets.

 

W. Bro. Rev Samuel McKay (right) W. Bro Chris King (left)     The backdrop is the new Medway Martyrs' LOL 652 banner

  W. Bro. Rev Samuel McKay W. Bro Chris King (centre) Sister     Tracey  Cunningham of Corby’s First Ladies LLOL 53 The backdrop is the new Medway Martyrs' LOL 652 banner

In this picture: W. Bro Chris King (centre) [Worshipful Master LOL 652] The backdrop is the new Medway Martyrs' LOL 652 banner passing the Palace of Westminster

 

The head of the parade makes it way onto Whitehall, with Westminster and Big Ben in the background

 

 W. Bro. Rev Samuel McKay (left) Rt. Wor. Bro. John Stockman, District Master (London District LOL 63) (near, right) Laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

The colour party of LOL 652 Medway Matryrs', Kent approaches Horseguards

 

In this picture a representative from Corby Purple Star FB along with Rt. Wor. Bro. John Stockman (District Master) lay tributes at the memorial to WPC Yvonne Fletcher.  WPC Fletcher was shot outside the Libyan embassy at St. James's Square, London in 1984. She was only 25 yrs old.