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Apprentice Boys: Police praise ‘carnival-atmosphere’ at trouble-free march

Standard bearers lead the annual Apprentice Boys of Derry parade Picture Martin McKeown

Standard bearers lead the annual Apprentice Boys of Derry parade Picture Martin McKeown

Police have praised the successful way in which the Apprentice Boys parade happened in Londonderry on Saturday.

The PSNI commander for the area, Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin, said: “Yesterday’s Apprentice Boys of Derry parade in the city passed off extremely well, the parade itself was exemplary.

“It is the third year that the parade has went well. This is not a coincidence — it is due to the hard work of many agencies, ABOD, businesses, marshals and organisations involved in the partnership working that goes into the lengthy planning of the event.

“It just goes to show that it obviously pays off when people respect and listen to each other and work for a peaceful resolution.

“There was a really good feel around the city, almost a carnival-like atmosphere. We have just come out of the City of Culture year which has left a huge legacy for the city and I think yesterday was testimony to that.”

Mr Cargin added: “I am pleased to say that I can’t remember a parade that has gone so well in the 28 years that I have been policing in this city and I hope that this positive momentum only continues.”

Two arrests were made in the city yesterday in connection with the parade.

 

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