Wednesday 1st November saw a huge crowd in The Headquarters of the Independent Loyal Orange Institution in Edward Street, Ballymoney for the naming of the main hall in memory of Highly Esteemed Past Imperial Grand Master Wor Bro. George Dawson, who sadly had passed away some 10 years ago.
Chief guests of the evening were Mrs Vi Dawson and her two daughters Emma and Sarah.
Many of the assembled were former colleagues of George including Sammy Wilson MP for East Antrim and Mr Paul Greenall from Evangelical Protestant Society, also present was Right Worshipful Bro. Edward Stevenson, Grand Master of the Orange Institution as well as many members of the Independent Institution.
The evening began with The Imperial Grand Master Bro. James Anderson welcoming everyone to the event, saying that it was a delight to see such a big crowd, he also said it was special occasion in the history of the Institution naming the hall in memory of such a Loved and sadly missed Brother Orangeman. He called on Past Imperial Grand Master Rt Wor. Bro RJ Johnston to commence proceedings, Bro. Johnston recalled how George had always had ambition for a Headquarters building in Ballymoney, somewhere the Institution could call home, were the gospel would be preached, where the community could be served and that while on holiday George phoned him to tell him he had found such a building. The project started over 20 years ago and he was delighted to report that all of the vision George had had in those times was a reality today
Bro Johnston invited Mrs Dawson to unveil the plaque and also invited Bro. Mervyn Storey DIGM, MLA to dedicate it the Glory Of God. Mrs Dawson thanked the Institution for the honour it had given to George’s name in naming the room after him and she said that he would be absolutely delighted with the honour.
The evening concluded with a short epilogue given by Pastor Eric Mc Comb, a cousin of George, and also an excellent musical contribution by members of Hebron Church Choir.
Wor Bro Alan McLean PIGM proposed a vote of thanks and Bro. Derek Mc Farland IGC closed the evening with the benediction.
At the end of the formalities all present were entertained to supper.