Royal Black to pledge support for flag

The Sham Fight at Scarva
The Sham Fight at Scarva

The Royal Black Institution is set to slam the removal of the Union Flag from Belfast City Hall.

At their traditional Scarva Day parade on July 13, brethren will pledge three resolutions on faith, the Queen and British identity.

The third resolution reads: “We condemn the removal of the Union Flag from Belfast City Hall. Attacks on the Union Flag and our British culture must be opposed by all lawful means necessary.”

The Scarva parade will leave the assembly field on the Gilford Road at 11.15am.

Earlier in the day, members of Scarva Royal Black Preceptory will lay a wreath at the village memorial to local members of the security forces who were murdered in the Troubles.

A religious service will be held at 2pm when the main speaker will be Sovereign Grand Master Millar Farr.

Up to 100,000 people are expected to attend on the day, when the traditional Sham Fight will also place.

Also on July 13, Lurgan Royal Black District will make their way to Bangor to be joined by members from Bangor, Comber and Newtownards districts for their parade by the sea.

Meanwhile, the locations for this year’s Last Saturday parades in August are Ballymoney, Dungannon, Newtownards, Banbridge, Ballyronan and Castlederg.