An Orangewoman who was expelled for wearing her sash during a funeral procession has won her High Court battle to be
re-instated in the loyalist order.

The judge ruled the woman’s dismissal had been unlawful.

Shopkeeper Honor Hawthorne was secretary of her local women’s Orange lodge and District Mistress in Armagh.

She was dismissed from the organisation after she wore her sash and Orange regalia throughout the funeral of a fellow member.

During a High Court hearing seeking her re-instatement, it emerged that one of the reasons charges were laid against her included a reference to the event looking like a
paramilitary funeral.

Mrs Hawthorne's contention that the disciplinary action against was unfair was upheld by the judge who found she was unlawfully expelled from the women’s Orange Order, and should be re-instated.