Memorial tablet for David Black unveiled in Cookstown

David Black
David Black

An Orange lodge in Co Tyrone has unveiled a memorial tablet in honour of a member who was murdered by dissident republicans last year.

The tribute to David Black was dedicated by brethren from Montober LOL 661 Cookstown at a service yesterday afternoon at their Orange Hall.

The prison officer was shot dead as he drove to work on the M1 last November. The Cookstown man, 52, was the first prison officer murdered in Northern Ireland in 20 years.

The event yesterday was attended by Mr Black’s family, including his wife, Yvonne, and children, Kyle and Kyra.

Grand Master Edward Stevenson said: “The Orange Institution, like the entire community of this Province, was stunned – and indeed sickened – by the abhorrent, senseless and brutal murder of one of our esteemed members.

“In stark contrast to the perpetrators of this horrific crime, David was a pillar of society, most notably through his role as a prison officer which he fulfilled with the utmost professionalism throughout the worst of the Troubles.”

Montober Worshipful Master Jim Black said: “The brethren of Montober, like the entire Cookstown district, hold David in extremely high regard. David always did everything for his family and the good of the wider community to the best of his ability.”