The Twelfth: Music and atmosphere great in Ballygawley

Twelfth 2014
Twelfth 2014

Orangemen from both sides of the border came together in Ballygawley for the Twelfth celebrations in the Co Tyrone village.

Around 30 lodges representing three districts – Truagh, Fivemiletown and Annahoe – were cheered on, as they made their way through Ballygawley during the main parade.

The parade, which started in Church Street, also featured a fantastic array of bands, with the pipe and flute bands joined by accordion and silver bands.

Despite the foreboding weather, large crowds turned out in the village for what has traditionally been billed as one of the most intimate Twelfth parades in the Province.

Margaret, who travelled the short distance from Aughnacloy, brought along her two cousins Steven and Emma from England for their first-ever Twelfth.

“We never realised how big this would be, but the music and the whole atmosphere has been great,” said Emma.

“Hopefully next year, we will bring back some of our friends for this [the Twelfth], it’s something I always wanted to see and it has been really worth it,” Steven added.

Brethren from Monaghan were represented in the parade and they were also joined by family and friends who turned out to show their support.

Among the many familiar faces taking part was the County Grand Master James Emery.

The guest speaker at the field was Deputy Grand Chaplain, Pastor Roy Graham.

For full report and pictures see Monday’s News Letter.