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Thousands prepare to celebrate Apprentice Boys ‘Shutting the Gates’

London's Apprentice Boys have supported the Fountain.

London's Apprentice Boys have supported the Fountain.

Thousands of Apprentice Boys of Derry (ABOD) members, bands and supporters will converge on Londonderry on Saturday for the annual ‘Shutting of the Gates’ parade.

The festival marks the siege of the city by Jacobite forces in 1688 - which had a global impact in terms of political and religious history.

Visiting Branch clubs taking part in the parade are to assemble at the railway station in the Waterside at 11.00am and the parade is due to set off around 11.45am.

The parade will then make its way along the top deck of the Craigavon Bridge, Carlisle Square, Carlisle Road, Hawkin Street, London Street, Bishop Street, Palace Lane and Society Street.

No roads will be closed but motorists are advised to expect delays as the parade crosses the bridge and passes through the Diamond.

At 3pm bands will parade from London Street to Hawkin Street, Kennedy Street, Kennedy Place, Wapping Lane, Carlisle Square, Carlisle Road, Ferryquay Street, The Diamond, Bishop Street and Society Street to Palace Street - where an effigy of the traitor Lundy will be burned around 3.15pm.

At 4.15pm, the parade will return along London Street, Hawkin Street, Carlisle Road, Carlisle Square, top deck of the Craigavon Bridge, Duke Street where it will disperse at Waterside Link at around 6.15pm.

Roads will remain open but motorists are advised to expect delays as the parade passes through the Diamond on the return leg.

The bottom deck of the Craigavon Bridge will remain open to traffic throughout the day.

Members of the public are being advised that a cannon is due to be fired at midnight on Friday, December 6 as part of an initiation ceremony at the Memorial Hall.

 

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