Twelfth: hosting honour returns to Clough after 130 years

Twelfth 2014
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The Twelfth returned to the Co Down village of Clough for the first time in 130 years years at the weekend.

Up to 4000 spectators descended on the area from the participating districts of Comber, Saintfield, Ballynahinch, Castlewellan and Lecale - yet the number of police officers visible - all on traffic duty - seemed to be limited to single figures.

Some 65 lodges and 42 bands took part in the annual Mid-Down combine event, which brings together the same five districts each year.

Past District Master Lecale District No2 Gordon McMullan said: “It is the one day in the year when we all come together and combine for a bit of a reunion, especially for those people who have maybe not seen each other since the last Twelfth.

“Overall it was a nice relaxed atmosphere with just a few spits of rain.

“The numbers were up on previous years, perhaps because there was an expectation of good weather.”

He said it was 130 years since the event had last been hosted at Clough.

“We just decided to hold it there this year, it normally rotates around but this year the brethern in Clough said they would like to host it.”

A six minute stoppage was observed across the district while a protest statement from Grand Lodge was read out.

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