Special plaque for Bob Dickie

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MEMBERS of a family circle have spoken of their pride after a special plaque was unveiled to Robert John Dickie in his beloved Ballymoney Orange Hall.

Mr Dickie, who was from Carnany Gardens, passed away last year at the age of 79 with 55 years membership of the Orange Order and 41 as a Blackman.

He was a well-known stalwart in the Loyal Orders and now his contribution has been marked by a special plaque being erected in his honour.

There was a large gathering, including his family circle, who looked on as the plaque was unveiled by his devoted wife Doreen.

Fittingly, the plaque ensures that the name of a man, who immersed himself in the workings of the Orange Order over several decades, will live on in a place he had such an important association with.

Around 80 people were present, many from the Orange Order and Royal Black Institution, including county and district officers.

Also present were Women’s Lodge members.

Bob was born in Penrith in the Lake District and he moved back to his family roots in Northern Ireland when he was young.

Bro Canon Adam Johns, dedicated the plaque, which reads: ‘In memory of Worshipful Sir Knight Robert John Dickie, past first lecturer of Ballymoney District LOL No. 16 and Royal Black District Chapter No.5 and past first lecturer of LOL 956 and RBP 309.’

Doreen Dickie told the Times: “It was a proud day for the family that my husband’s commitment to the Loyal Orders has been honoured at the Orange Hall.”

Mr Dickie’s grandson Robert McAleese, who also has a big interest in the Loyal Orders, said: “The family circle would like to thank everybody who helped make the plaque ceremony a success.”