Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

The Twelfth - what's on where

Tens of thousands of Orangemen took to the streets of Northern Ireland today for the Twelfth of July celebrations.



A total of 18 demonstrations are held in cities, towns and villages province-wide to mark the 318th Battle of the Boyne.

An estimated half a million people are expected to either participate, line parade routes or attend fields for the biggest day in the Orange Order's calendar.

The 18 demonstrations are:

AUGHNACLOY

A total of 21 lodges are due to take part in the Twelfth parade in the Co Tyrone village.

The parade is due to assemble on the Augher Road at 12.15pm and will make its way to the field on the Dungannon Road.

There will be lots of facilities for children at the field to add to the atmosphere of a family day out.

Pipe, silver, flute and accordion bands will be providing a large range of music.

BALLYCLARE

Sixmilewater District No 10 is hosting the demonstrations for the East Antrim Orange combine.

The parade is due to start at 11am from Foundry Lane playing fields before making its way through the town to Sixmilewater River Park on Mill Road.

Nine Orange districts consisting of a total of 71 lodges will be taking part in today's parade and will be accompanied by bands from East Antrim as well as Scotland.

Entertainment for the children and a large variety of stalls will be provided at the field which will also feature music from the Calvary Quartet Gospel group of Ulster Scots folk group the Grouse Beaters.

The parade is due to leave the field at 3.15pm for its return through the town.

BALLYMENA

A newly established lodge is set to take part in the Twelfth celebrations for the first time today.

Ballymena was the headquarters of the Royal Irish Rangers and a new lodge formed from former RIR members — Garryowen LOL — will be taking part in their first parade.

The procession will assemble at the Waverley Road car park before walking through the town to Ballee Playing fields.

Guest speaker at the field will be Rev Victor Ryan, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

The service will be conducted by Rev Ian McLean.

An estimated 20 bands will be taking part in Ballymena's celebrations.

BELFAST

Ulster's biggest Twelfth parade will be taking place in Belfast today with thousands of people expected to line the route.

One of four flagship demonstrations, Belfast's parade will leave Carlisle Circus at 10am and will be lead to the City Hall for a wreath-laying ceremony by the Millar Memorial Flute Band.

The parade will proceed through the streets of south Belfast to the field at Barnett's Demesne.

A service of thanksgiving is due to start at 12.30pm with the platform proceedings scheduled for 3pm.

The service will be conducted by Rev William Hoey, Deputy Grand Chaplain and guest speaker will be Drew Nelson, Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

Belfast County Grand Master Dawson Bailie will also be remembering the 90th anniversary of Armistice — when the guns fell silent in the First World War.

BENBURB

Special guests at Benburb's demonstration will be 23 brethren from Purple Guards LOL 313 in Glasgow.

They will join with Benburb LOL No 4 at the head of the parade when it gathers at the assembly point on the Augher Road at 12.30pm.

The parade will then make its way through the Co Tyrone town and on to the playing fields on the Dungannon Road.

The guest speaker will be Deputy Grand Master of Ireland Edward Stevenson.

Today's celebrations bring to an end to a week of events marking the Twelfth.

An open-air concert was held in the town centre last Saturday and an exhibition was also held in the Orange Hall.

BROUGHSHANE

Braid District No 18 is hosting its Twelfth celebrations in the Co Antrim village of Broughshane.

A total of 12 lodges and bands, including at least three sets of lambeg drums, will assemble at noon at Beechvale.

The parade will then proceed to the Rathkeel Road where guest speaker at the field will be Assistant Grand Master David McNarry.

A family fun day was held at the youth centre yesterday afternoon.

COLERAINE

One of four flagship demonstrations, Macosquin No 8 district is hosting the Twelfth celebrations in Coleraine. Local lodges will be joined by their brethren from Limavady and Londonderry.

A carnival pageant featuring an Ulster Scots float, King Billy on horseback, Chinese lion dancers and an African samba band will precede the Orange Order parade.

The pageant starts at 11.15am followed by the Orange parade at noon. The parade will leave the Ballycastle Road and proceed to the field at Carthall Road.

Guest speaker at the field will be Dr David Hume, Director of Services for the Orange Order.

A children's fun day is also being held at Carthall Road.

CULLYBACKEY

The small family occasion will feature 17 lodges and a variety of bands.

Those taking part in the parade will meet at Ardna-maine at 1pm and make their way through the village to the football field at Cullybackey Community Centre.

District Chaplain Samuel McKay will conduct the religious service.

A mini-Twelfth was held in the Co Antrim village last weekend when a re-enactment of the Battle of the Boyne by the North Irish Dragoon Society took place.

DERRIAGHY

Districts from Aghalee, Magheragall, Lisburn, Glenavy, Hillsborough, Derriaghy and Ballinderry will be taking part in what is expected to be one of today's biggest parades.

A total of 70 lodges will be participating and will assemble at the local cricket ground at 11.30am.

The parade will walk through Dunmurry village to the field at Fullerton Park.

Today's parade will have a Scottish feel with members of the Scottish Women's Orange Order walking at the front of the parade.

Guests include Rhona Gibson, Deputy Grand Mistress of Scotland and Past Grand Mistresses Christine Calvert and Helen Walker.

The speaker on the platform will be Rev David McCarthy, Assistant Country Grand Chaplain of Antrim.

DROMARA

Today's Twelfth demonstration in the Co Down village, one of four flagships, is the highlight of the Lower Iveagh Ulster Scots Festival.

Grand Master Robert Saulters will be the guest speaker at the event, which is expected to attract tens of thousand of spectators.

Around 5,000 bandsmen and Orangemen will be on parade and will assemble at Banbridge Road at noon.

The parade, which will feature 90 lodges from eight districts, will make its way to the field on the Rathfriland Road and will be led by King Billy on horseback.

Soldiers in period costume will also be taking part in the procession, as will visiting Orangemen from London.

Pipe bands and a large number of lambeg drums will be today's main musical attraction.

KESH

Co Fermanagh's Twelfth celebrations are being held in Kesh.

Lodges from Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim and Monaghan will be leading the parade which is due to assemble at 12.30pm at Ederney Road.

The parade will make its way to the field at Mantlin Road where County Grand Master Tom Elliott will chair the proceedings.

Guest speaker will be Mervyn Lindsay, Deputy Grand Chaplin of the City of Londonderry Grand Orange Lodge.

Praise will be led by Kilskeery Silver Band.

A fireworks display with lambeg drums, fifers and pipers was held at the Drumrush Lodge last night.

KILKEEL

Kilkeel's parade will be one of the smallest and will feature 15 local lodges.

Set against a backdrop of the Mourne Mountains, the parade will start on the Leestone Road at noon and will proceed to the field at Manse Road.

Around one thousand Orangemen are expected to take part in today's parade and there will be special collections throughout the day for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

A religious service at the field will be conducted by Rev Kenneth Hanna.

MAGHERA

Orangemen from the United States will be leading the parade in Maghera.

The visiting Orangemen are members of the Institution from Alabama and will be taking pride of place beside the Sons of William Band.

Around 60 lodges from seven districts will be taking part and will assemble at Tobermore Road at noon.

The field is being held at the Presbyterian Church on the Mullagh Road where Past Grand Master Rev Martin Smyth will be guest speaker.

NEWCASTLE

A total of 70 lodges from Castlewellan, Comber, Lecale, Ballynahinch and Comber will be on parade today in Newcastle.

The parade starts and finishes at Donard Park.

Lodges and bands will leave the park at 12.30pm and after parading round the Co Down town, they will return for a religious service.

Newcastle has hosted a festival leading up to the Twelfth which included exhibitions on the history of the Orange Institution, the First World War and a Grand Lodge display.

Local bands, highland dancers and lambeg drummers are expected to be popular with spectators today.

OMAGH

Carnival floats depicting scenes of the Battle of the Boyne will feature in today's Twelfth celebrations.

The centre float will be a rotating drum with eight different panels showing scenes from the 1690 battle.

The main parade will assemble in the Campsie Playing Fields on the Irishtown Road at 11.30am.

Lodges from Larkhall and Airth in Scotland will be joining 60 bands and lodges from six districts in west Tyrone.

The parade will cover a two-mile radius before making its way back to the playing fields.

Chaplain to Omagh District, Rev James Stewart, will led the religious service at 2.30pm.

PORTAVOGIE

A huge crowd is expected in the fishing village for the Twelfth celebrations.

Around 60 bands will be assembling at The Parks on the Newtownards Road at noon and the parade will proceed through the centre of Portavogie.

Fishing fleets in the harbour are expected to be decked out with flags and bunting.

Holiday makers staying at nearby caravan sites are expected to swell the number of spectators.

Local Orangemen held an exhibition this week with displays underlying the history of the Orange Order and the importance of the local fishing and farming industries.

Guest speaker at the field will be Co Down County Grand Master Victor Harrison.

RASHARKIN

The Co Antrim village is playing host to 45 lodges accompanied by 35 bands and lambeg drums.

The parade will assemble at Finvoy Road at 1pm and will proceed through the village to the field at Duneaney Road.

Guest speaker will be County Grand Master Joe Gaston.

TANDRAGEE

Around 100 lambeg drums are expected at today's fourth flagship demonstration where more than 5,000 Orangemen will be taking part in the parade.

The bands will be led by Scottish visitors Imperial Blues Flute Band and the 11 districts will make their way to the field at Old Scarva Road.

Huge numbers are expected at today's celebrations which will also feature a ring ceremony where 21 lodge banners, district officers, worshipful masters, deputy worshipful masters and brethren will form a ring.

The Tandragee district is the last one to perform the historic ceremony which dates back 120 years.

Children's amusements and entertainment will be provided at the field with proceedings due to start at 12.30pm

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