Loyal orders’ annual Easter demonstrations

Apprentice Boys of Derry
Apprentice Boys of Derry

Junior members of the Orange Order will this year hold their annual Easter Tuesday demonstration in Ballyclare, Co Antrim.

The parade, involving senior officers and juniors representing three Belfast districts along with other lodges from across Northern Ireland, will leave Mill Road at 12.30pm.

It will pass through the town on its way to the Sixmilewater playing fields, before the return leg at 3.30pm.

Among those on parade will be Junior Grand Master Roy Nixon.

The long-standing holiday tradition – one of the first events of the parading season - has been held every year since 1919.

It takes place the day after the Apprentice Boys of Derry (ABOD) hold their annual Easter parade on Monday.

This year the Boys will gather in Coleraine. It is only the second time the demonstration has been held in the Co Londonderry town - the first being almost 40 years ago.

The hosts will welcome visiting brethren from England and Scotland as well as those from across Northern Ireland and the border counties.

As well as the main parade of more than 60 bands and branch clubs on Monday, which leaves the showgrounds on the Ballycastle Road at 12.30pm, there will be a cultural celebration in the Diamond on Saturday between noon and 4pm.

Attractions at the Diamond will include a Siege of Derry re-enactment and traditional music.