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Apprentice Boys and Junior Orange get season under way

The Union would be the poorer if Scotland were to leave the Union and Scotland would be the poorer, a leading Orangeman has said.

The Union would be the poorer if Scotland were to leave the Union and Scotland would be the poorer, a leading Orangeman has said.

The loyal order marching season gets into full swing on Easter Monday and Tuesday with major parades in east Belfast and Larne.

Belfast and District Amalgamated Committee of the Apprentice Boys will host the annual Easter Monday demonstration, which is expected to involve 5,000 marchers.

This event is rotated around the organisation’s various amalgamated committees and this year’s parade is of special significance as it marks the 300th anniversary of the first Apprentice Boys Club being formed in 1714.

Sixty clubs from across Northern Ireland, Scotland and England will take part, headed by more than 50 bands.

The parade will leave Templemore Avenue at 11am taking in a route of Albertbridge Road, Newtownards Road and Holywood Road to the war memorial at the junction of Belmont and Holywood Roads for a service of remembrance, conducted by Apprentice Boys chaplain and Free Presbyterian minister the Rev Alan Smylie. Marchers will then continue to Inverary Avenue where the main parade will be assembled.

The parade moves off at 12.30pm via Holywood Road, Newtownards Road, Templemore Avenue, Beersbridge Road, Cherryville Street, My Lady’s Road, Ravenhill Road and Ormeau Embankment, where Governor Jim Brownlee will take the salute.

On Easter Tuesday, Junior Orange lodges from Belfast, east Antrim, south Antrim and North Down will parade in Larne. Thirty bands will head the junior members in a 2,000 strong parade. The main parade will leave Circular Road at 12.30pm and proceed through the town centre to Sandy Bay Park.

This year, the parade is being held in the Co Antrim town to mark the centenary of the Ulster gun-running.

 

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