Around 1,000 set to mark WW1 outbreak

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An Orange parade to remember those who were killed in World War One is set to take place next week.

The march in Coleraine will involve four bands – from Coleraine, Lisnagrot, Articlave and Bellarena – and is the latest effort to mark the centenary of the conflict.

It will involve brethren of County Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge, who will assemble in Screen Road from 7pm on Wednesday, before beginning the march half-an-hour later.

The route will take them along Shuttle Hill and Killowen Street, then to the Waterside and onwards to the Diamond for a remembrance service at the Cenotaph from about 8.30pm.

In total, 11 lodges will be taking part, and Grand Secretary Drew Nelson will be among those in attendance.

Gareth Campbell, secretary of the events committee of the Co Londonderry lodge, said invitations had been issued far and wide if everyone who was invited were to show up, there would be in excess of 2,000.

However, he said that the true number for the midweek parade – taking into account Orangemen, women and juniors – should be in excess of 1,000.