Sir Knights step out at annual Co Fermanagh demonstration

Sir Knights Andrew McRoberts, Imperial Deputy Grand Master, Stanley Harrison, Past District Master Banbridge, Jack Moore, RBP 1239, Tommy Laird, Past Master RBP 1239, Bobby Ray, RBP 508 Past Master and Ian Hawthorne Past Deputy Master Co.Down attending The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh.'Picture by John McVitty
Sir Knights Andrew McRoberts, Imperial Deputy Grand Master, Stanley Harrison, Past District Master Banbridge, Jack Moore, RBP 1239, Tommy Laird, Past Master RBP 1239, Bobby Ray, RBP 508 Past Master and Ian Hawthorne Past Deputy Master Co.Down attending The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh.'Picture by John McVitty

More than 2,000 Sir Knights and bandsmen took to the streets of Ballinamallard on Saturday as the Royal Black Institution held its annual Co Fermanagh demonstration.

Sir Knights from the three local districts were joined by members from the neighbouring border counties of Cavan and Monaghan and visitors from across Northern Ireland for this year’s parade, which was hosted by Ballinamallard Crimson Heroes RBP 272.

Sir Knights, Harold Henning, Rathfriland No7, Robert Bready, RBP 638, Edward Stevenson, Co.Tyrone and John Smyth, Past County Grand Master Co.Down attending The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh. 'Picture by John McVitty

Sir Knights, Harold Henning, Rathfriland No7, Robert Bready, RBP 638, Edward Stevenson, Co.Tyrone and John Smyth, Past County Grand Master Co.Down attending The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh. 'Picture by John McVitty

More than 40 preceptories, accompanied by over 40 bands, paraded through the village to commemorate the 1689 Battle of Newtownbutler – a significant event in the Williamite Wars.

Parade participants assembled on the Craghan Road prior to the main procession through the village to the demonstration field on the Enniskillen Road for a religious service, which was conducted by the guest speaker, Rev Thomas Greer.

Among those who took part were the Institution’s Sovereign Grand Master, Rev William Anderson, who spoke on the three resolutions – faith, constitution and loyalty – and County Fermanagh Grand Master, Tom Elliott.

“It went really well. It was a very good day,” Mr Elliott told the News Letter.

Lewis Maguinness, Shankill Belfast, enjoying the County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh.' Picture by John McVitty

Lewis Maguinness, Shankill Belfast, enjoying the County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard, Co Fermanagh.' Picture by John McVitty

“We always try to do something different each year, so this year we had a contingent of people from the Fermanagh Somme Association dressed as soldiers from the First World War who took part in the parade to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.”

A minute’s silence was held to remember those who gave their lives in the service of King and country during the Great War.

This year’s Co Fermanagh demonstration was held in partnership with Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, raising funds for and awareness of the Maze-based emergency medical service charity.

The traditional Royal Black Last Saturday demonstrations, hosted at six different venues across the Province, will take place on August 25.

Sir Knights Tom Elliott, County Grand Master, with George and Rodney White, RBP 197 Tempo with Liz Connor and Myrtle Irvine, Air Ambulance NI, the chosen charity for The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh.' Picture by John McVitty

Sir Knights Tom Elliott, County Grand Master, with George and Rodney White, RBP 197 Tempo with Liz Connor and Myrtle Irvine, Air Ambulance NI, the chosen charity for The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard, Co. Fermanagh.' Picture by John McVitty

Sir Knights Eric Mackarel, County Grand Master Co.Monaghan with Walter Keating, RBP 32 enjoying a rest during The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard. 'Picture by John McVitty

Sir Knights Eric Mackarel, County Grand Master Co.Monaghan with Walter Keating, RBP 32 enjoying a rest during The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard. 'Picture by John McVitty

Sir Knights Paul Toombs, Newry RBP No4, Roy Kells, RBP 1018 and Robert Boyd, Co. Down County Grand Chaplin attending The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard.''Picture by John McVitty

Sir Knights Paul Toombs, Newry RBP No4, Roy Kells, RBP 1018 and Robert Boyd, Co. Down County Grand Chaplin attending The County Fermanagh Grand Black Chapter Annual Parade in Ballinamallard.''Picture by John McVitty