Over recent months Loughries Historical Society have been busy preparing for a special event to commemorate and celebrate the signing of the Ulster Covenant 100 years ago.
To mark this ocassion, Loughries will host a dinner in the Town Hall, Newtownards on Friday 28th September 2012 at 7.00pm - the Ulster Covenant was signed by thousands of Newtownards folk in this very building, 100 years ago to the day!
There will be a 4 course meal provided with lone piper Stephen Rodgers providing a piping lament or two also members of Lord Londonderry's Own CLB will provide some musical entertainment.
Keynote speaker for the evening will be Drew Nelson LLB, Grand Secretary of the GOLI, also Jack Greenald, local historian will give a short presentation of the Ulster Covenant Day in Newtownards back in 1912.
Also in the Town Hall building Ards Borough Council will have an Ulster Covenant Exhibition on display which will include some local artefacts and memorabilia from the time.
On Monday 17th September 2012 an unveiling of a commemorative plaque will take place in the Town Hall, Newtownards.
Members of Loughries Historical Society had been lobbying Ards Borough Council, through our elected representatives - to have a brass plaque unveiled in the Town Hall to commemorate and recognise that the Ulster Covenant was signed in this great historical building......... and as Ards Borough Council is a listening Council, they have agreed to place a plaque to commemorate this significant element of Ulster/Newtownards history.
Report and pictures to follow.