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The Twelfth: Broughshane celebrates in a family atmosphere

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The quaint village of Broughshane was awash with Orange lilies today as it played host to this year’s Braid Twelfth.

Whilst traditionally one of the smallest demonstrations on the biggest day in the Orange calendar the 11 lodges representing more than 350 Orangemen in the North Antrim town were accompanied by nine bands and a number of Lambeg drums.

Host lodge, Lisnamurrican LOL 523, had the honour of leading the procession this year.

The main parade started at noon and proceeded through the village to the demonstration field at the junction of the Rathkeel and

Buckna roads.

Worshipful District Master Dessie Gray said there “never are any problems in our district but we are still here to support our brethren of Ligoniel”.

“There is a parade after the main parade, a protest parade, on behalf of out brethren at Ligoniel and Drumcree,” he added.

“Ardoyne Orangemen are the same as Braid Orangemen, they are all our brethren.

“Some day it could happen to us.”

Whilst children beat their drums to a delighted audience elderly Orangemen reminisced about their memories of July 12.

Among then James Lamont, 77, from Broughshane, told the News Letter this was his 58th year marching as an Orangeman on July 12.

“I have seen a lot of changes,” he said.

“There were bigger crowds in the past.”

The guest speaker in Broughshane was North Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA and Orangeman, Robin Swann.

For a full report see Monday’s News Letter.

 

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