DEDICATION OF JOHN WESLEY L.O.L. 584 Bannerette
Most Worshipful Grand Master WR Bather HDGM unveiling the new John Wesley LOL 584 Bannerette prior to the Midlands Provincial Annual Boyne Parade
Midlands Provincial Grand Orange Lodge
Annual Boyne Parade & Service
Coventry 20th June 2009
Brethren from many Lodges throughout England and indeed visitors from further afield, gathered at the Coventry War Memorial car park at 2pm.
At 2.15pm the parade set off for a short walk to the War Memorial, where a wreath was laid by dignitaries from the Grand Orange Lodge of England as mark of respect to all, irrespective of creed, colour or religion, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the World Wars and other conflicts..
From this point, the Parade took a route towards the city centre. Along with the many Lodges, were three bands, Corby Purple Star Flute Band , Star of Toxteth Concertina Band and Everton Road Protestant Boys Flute Band .
Corby Purple Star about to start the parade
Star of Toxteth Concertina Band
Everton Road Flute Band
The parade stopped at the Martyrs' Memorial in Mile Lane.
This commemorates the burning of eleven Protestant Martyrs between 1510 and 1555. Their "crime" was being Protestant and of wishing to read the Bible, translated from Latin into their own English language.
The memorial is close to the spot where they were burnt and the streets nearby in Cheylesmore bears their names.
A wreath was laid here by the Officers of the Midlands Provincial Grand Lodge in remembrance of those brave martyrs.
The parade passed from here, via the subway to Speakers' Corner, where there was an open air service.
The Worshipful Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Midlands Province, Bro W Ramsay, opened the service and led into prayer by Midlands Provincial Grand Chaplain Bro M Pymm
amongst those to speak was the Most Worshipful Grand Master of England, Bro. W R Bather HDGM, Right Worshipful Grand Chaplain Bro R Harvey HDGC
Woshipful Provincial Grand Master of Midlands Bro B Kirkland
At the conclusion of the service, the Parade walked the short distance to St. John's Street, where, after singing Land of Hope and Glory and the National Anthem, the Parade fell out.
A social event was held in the city in the evening.
It was regrettable that certain locals had decided to erect plastic Irish Tricolours and bunting in one of the streets which the Parade passed through, but this rather pathetic attempt at provocation and incitement only strengthened the resolve of Brethren and bandsmen alike.
This action, undoubtedly prompted due to the uneducated, scare mongering reporting of the event in the local newspaper !