Loyalists to counter republican parade

Republican parade
Republican parade

A republican parade is due to be met by two loyalist protest gatherings on Sunday.

The march is to start at Hallidays Road, near the Waterworks in north Belfast, at 10.45am and then proceed through the city centre to the bottom of the Falls.

It is listed as having one band – Carrickhill Independent Flute Band – and up to 2,000 participants.

Protests are set to take place from the Loyal Peoples Protest and Protestant Coalition, and in the Parades Commission’s determination document it notes that “sections of the community are offended by the parade’s presence on Royal Avenue, especially in the vicinity of the site of the 1988 murder of two UDR soldiers”.

The loyalists estimate they could have hundreds of people in attendance.