Patton to appeal expulsion
The `rebel' Orangeman Joel Patton - as he is dubbed by the media
- is to appeal a decision by the Tyrone Orange Order to expel
him. Patton had been charged with bringing the Order into
Patton maintains that with the backing of other Spirit of
Drumcree Orangemen he will force Grand Lodge to reverse a
decision made by the Tyrone Lodge last Tuesday 10 November to
expel him and Killyman district secretary Walter Millar.
Both were disciplined over a verbal attack Patton launched on
fellow Orangeman Rev William Bingham at the Twelfth parade in
Pomeroy in July. Bingham had called on Portadown Orangemen to
call off their protest at Drumcree after the killings of the
Quinn brothers in Ballymoney.
After his expulsion Patton remained defiant saying, ``I will be a
symbol of resistance and defiance against what we see as