Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Peaceful Lundy parade praised as Apprentice Boys of Derry remember Great Siege

The Apprentice Boy's of Derry marked the Shutting of the City's Gates in 1688 which was the beginning of the longest siege in British military history.
The Apprentice Boy's of Derry marked the Shutting of the City's Gates in 1688 which was the beginning of the longest siege in British military history.
The Apprentice Boy's of Derry marked the Shutting of the City's Gates in 1688 which was the beginning of the longest siege in British military history.
The Apprentice Boy's of Derry marked the Shutting of the City's Gates in 1688 which was the beginning of the longest siege in British military history.
The Apprentice Boy's of Derry marked the Shutting of the City's Gates in 1688 which was the beginning of the longest siege in British military history.
The Apprentice Boy's of Derry marked the Shutting of the City's Gates in 1688 which was the beginning of the longest siege in British military history.

There was a festive feel to the Shutting of the Gates parade in Londonderry, as bandsmen wrapped up warmly and donned Santa hats for the annual 'Burning of Lundy'. More than 30 bands and 3,000 people took part.

An effigy of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Lundy, the detested Governor of Londonderry during the Great Siege of 1688-89, was set alight in Bishop Street.

Police praised the Apprentice Boys of Derry parade, which didn't put off Christmas shoppers.

"Today has been a really positive day for the city," said Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin.

The SDLP Mayor of Derry, Martin Reilly, also praised the participants.

"Credit must be given to all those people in Derry who work tirelessly to ensure that days like these pass off without major incident," he said.

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