County Antrim Royal Black present cheques to charities

District Master of Ballyclare Royal Black District Chapter No 6 William John Strange presenting a cheque to CLIC Sargent, with Ross Patterson, his mother Claire and father David. INLT-53-703-con
District Master of Ballyclare Royal Black District Chapter No 6 William John Strange presenting a cheque to CLIC Sargent, with Ross Patterson, his mother Claire and father David. INLT-53-703-con

Members of Co Antrim’s Royal Black preceptories helped to raise more than £5,000 for local charities at the annual “Black Saturday” demonstration last year.

The parade was hosted by Ballyclare Royal Black District Chapter, who recently organised a social evening to distribute the total £5,250 to good causes.

The Sovereign Grand Master Most Worshipful Sir Knight Miller Farr QPM with Willie John Strange presenting cheque to Sarah of Friends of the Cancer Centre. INLT-53-705-con

The Sovereign Grand Master Most Worshipful Sir Knight Miller Farr QPM with Willie John Strange presenting cheque to Sarah of Friends of the Cancer Centre. INLT-53-705-con

The chapter’s officers and Sir Knights hosted guests from across the county, civic dignitaries and representatives of the nominated charities at the event in Ballyclare’s McCalmont Memorial Orange Hall.

The money was raised from the sale of booklets during the August 30 demonstration.

The sum of £1,500 each was presented to CLIC Sargent, Friends of the Cancer Centre and AA Veterans Support.

A further cheque for £750, which had been raised separately, was presented to Ross Patterson and his parents Claire and David for their CLIC Sargent appeal in Ross’s name.

County Grand Master Right Worshipful Sir Knight Roland Hill (right) with Deputy District Master Sir Knight Nigel Thompson  (left) presenting a cheque to Andy Allen of AA Veterans Support INLT-53-706-con

County Grand Master Right Worshipful Sir Knight Roland Hill (right) with Deputy District Master Sir Knight Nigel Thompson (left) presenting a cheque to Andy Allen of AA Veterans Support INLT-53-706-con

As well as the cheque presentations, gifts were presented to Newtownabbey mayor Alderman Thomas Hogg and the Sovereign Grand Master of The Royal Black Institution, Most Worshipful Sir Knight Miller Farr, QPM.