Twelfth: Irvinestown halts in protest... including King Billy

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Preceded by a man in the guise of King Billy, complete with horse, the parade in Irvinestown came to a dead halt just at the gates to the demonstration field shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

It was part of the Grand Orange Lodge’s protest against the Parades Commission, and saw a statement read out condemning the banning of the north Belfast parade.

Finishing by pledging to eliminate the commission altogether, the speech was met by applause.

Afterwards, the various marchers continued to maintain their position in silence for another few minutes before proceeding into the field.

Among those looking on was the UUP’s Tom Elliott and the DUP’s Arlene Foster, as Ballinamallard District LOL 6 led the parade into the field.

Among the many brethren in the field were lodges from Monaghan and Cavan, with the former’s County Grand Master Keith Browne saying that he looked forward to spending every Twelfth in Fermanagh, and that the southern demonstrators were always treated to “pride of place” in the processions.

For full report, see the News Letter on Monday.




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