Thousands of spectators watch on as dozens of lodges and bands take to the streets for The Twelfth

TWELFTH of July parades are being held on Friday in a number of local towns with dozens of lodges and bands on parade in front of thousands of people.

Ballymena

Upwards of 30 lodges and accompanying bands will take part in the Twelfth in Ballymena. The town is the only one in Northern Ireland which has a Twelfth demonstration every year.

Orangemen and 16 bands, accompanied by a number of Lambeg drums, will assemble on the Wakehurst Road.

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The demonstration starts at 12.30pm and will proceed to Galgorm Playing Fields. The guest speaker will be past Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Robert Saulters.

This year one of Ballymena’s oldest lodges – Ballymena Golden Star L.O.L. 491 – are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the formation of their lodge.

Ahoghill

The sound of the Lambeg drum will be very apparent at this year’s Triangle Combine Parade, held in Ahoghill.

The village is expected to play host to one of the largest groups of the instrument on parade throughout the Province.

The main parade is due to commence from the Galgorm Road-Killane Road junction at 12.30pm, and then proceed towards the playing fields on the Cullybackey Road.

Sixteen lodges will be accompanied by nine bands.

Guest speaker will be Rev. Sherrard McKay, Chaplain of Cullybackey District.

Carnlough

Carnlough will host the members of the Braid District Orange Lodge for the first time since 2013.

Orangemen from 11 lodges, accompanied by nine bands and two Lambeg drums, will leave the assembly field at South Bay at noon to the demonstration field on the Largy Road. The parade will leave the field at 4pm and return through the village.

Platform proceedings will be chaired by Worshipful District Master Des Gray and principal speakers will include William Logan (Belfast City Mission) and Bro Robert Swann (Ulster Unionist Party leader).

Ballymoney

Over 40 lodges representing five districts – Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle, Rasharkin and Cloughmills – will take part in the annual demonstration.

The main parade will assemble at the town’s Showgrounds and set off at 1pm on the approximate three-mile route through the town centre before returning to the Showgrounds. Lodges will leave the Showgrounds at 4pm to make their way home to Orange halls throughout the north Antrim area.

Glenavy

Glenavy will play host to a Twelfth parade for the first time since 2005. Seven districts will take part. Almost 70 lodges, accompanied by 23 bands, will leave the assembly field at 11.30am and march towards the demonstration field. Platform proceedings will commence at 2pm and the return parade will get underway at 4pm.

Larne

Larne will host the East Antrim Combine Twelfth celebrations for the first time since 2014.

Nine districts will take part and Scottish visitors will be accompanied by 40 bands from across Northern Ireland and Scotland as well as the traditional Lambeg drums and fifers.

The parade will commence at 11am. Sandy Bay Playing Fields will play host to the platform proceedings.

The religious service will commence at 2pm and the parade will leave at 3.30pm.

Portglenone

The Independent Loyal Orange Institution parade is in Portglenone.

The parade forms up at Townhill Road moving off at 1pm through the village to The Field on the Clady Road.

Platform proceedings will commence at 2.30pm.

The Imperial Grand Master’s address will be by Rt. Wor. Bro. James Anderson.

 

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