The Twelfth: Cullybackey resonates with sound and colour

The small village of Cullybackey resonated to the familiar sound of fifes and drums today in one of the most close-knit Twelfth demonstrations.

Orangemen representing 16 lodges took part in the traditional Triangle combine parade, hosted on an alternative basis between three venues – Cullybackey, Ahoghill and Portglenone.

Filling Station Road in Cullybackey at the Triangle District event were the Ahoghill Flute Band members.

Filling Station Road in Cullybackey at the Triangle District event were the Ahoghill Flute Band members.

At least half of the lodges were accompanied by Lambeg drums, adding to the carnival atmosphere.

The main parade started after 12.30pm from Ard-Na-Maine aproceeding via Station Road, Main Street, Shellinghill Road, Kilmakevit Road, Tobar Park and into the Community Centre for festivities and a religious service.

Married couple Janet and Edward Simpson from Glasgow travelled over to parade in the village.

They said they were expecting a great day and had been “many times before”.

Orangemen on parade

Orangemen on parade

Janet, 69, said: “We have been in the Orange Order a long long time.”

Her 64-year-old husband Edward added: “We have been in the Orange Order more than 30 years anyway.”

Standing watching the bands was 54-year-old John Watt.

The Cullybackey man said he had been in the Orange Order but was no longer able to participate “because of illness”.

“I come here to see the bands and the music and colour,” he said.

“I live in Cullybackey. But I am still out to support it all.”

Meanwhile 34-year-old Louise Glenholmes said her family has been coming to Cullybackey on July 12 “since I was a small child”.

“This is a family day out,” she added. “We go to Cullybackey, Ahoghill and Portglenone.

“My brothers are in the Cullybackey Pipe band any my father is in another lodge, so it is a family day out.

“Everyone come every year to follow their families.”

She added that her brother “practice three times a week”.

“They are totally devoted to it, they put so much work into it. It is like a family to them.”

The service will be conducted by Rev Richard McKay where the platform party included senior Orangemen from each of the three local districts; Cullybackey Worshipful Master, Brian Warren, Ahoghill Worshipful Master, Leslie Galloway, and Portglenone Worshipful Master, William McCallion.

The last time the Twelfth was held in Cullybackey was 2011.

For a full report see Monday’s News Letter