Man charged after eggs are thrown at Orange parade


A man is to appear in court after Orangemen told police that eggs had been thrown at them from the Short Strand area of Belfast.

Orange Order chaplain Mervyn Gibson said the event on Sunday was an annual parade in support of widows of the institution. Feeder parades from all over the city walked to St Aidan’s church at Sandy Row where a collection was taken.

“There was the usual protest against us at Donegall Street, but in east Belfast on the Newtownards Road eggs were thrown from the Short Strand,” Rev Gibson said.

“A couple of men had their suits covered in egg. We are gladdened by the fact that there was an arrest on this occasion; this was not the case when we came under major and sustained attack from the Short Strand last July.”

A PSNI spokesman confirmed that a 23-year-old man has been charged with “doing a provocative act” and is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Friday May 23.

Police said the charge is in connection with an arrest on the afternoon of Sunday April 27 in the east Belfast area.