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17,000 take to streets across Ulster for Royal Black Institution demonstrations

By Rachel Martin

Published 31/08/2015

A flautist with Killylea Young Defenders parades in Newtownstewart
A flautist with Killylea Young Defenders parades in Newtownstewart
Members of the Royal Black Institution parading through Portstewart;
A flute player in Lisburn
Jeffrey Donaldson MP
Twin sisters Linzi and Judith McClure from Mullabrack Accordion Band
A young girl watches in Lisburn
Chloe Gray in Lisburn

More than 17,000 members of the Royal Black Institution paraded at five towns and cities across Northern Ireland, for the Last Saturday of August demonstrations.

Around 360 preceptories, most accompanied by bands, took part in processions in Kilkeel, Banbridge, Newtownstewart, Portstewart and Lisburn.

More than 100 preceptories took part in the biggest event, the Mourne demonstration, held in Kilkeel for the first time in 13 years.

This year's Royal Black Parade marked the first time since 2007 that all the Tyrone preceptories have taken part in one demonstration - an event which marked the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Co Tyrone Grand Black Chapter. It was revealed at Saturday's demonstration that the Institution has raised more than half-a-million pounds for charity in the last decade. Earlier this year, a cheque for £85,000 was presented to the Bible Society and Mission Aviation Fellowship.

The money was raised over the past two years to send Bibles and provide support to Christians living in war-torn South Sudan.

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