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Apprentice Boys' parade passes off peacefully

By Staff Reporter

Published 15/08/2016

The annual Apprentice Boys Relief of Derry parade makes its way through Derry
The annual Apprentice Boys Relief of Derry parade makes its way through Derry
Captain Thomas Ashe played by Alan Wright
Musket fire during the pageant
Lt Governor Graeme Stenshouse and Governor Jim Brownlee give a salute at the war memorial
Henry Jordan, Mark Byers and Robert Gillespie
Dogs carrying a flag

Thousands of marchers, bandsmen and spectators have taken part in the Apprentice Boys' annual march through Londonderry.

The Saturday parade passed off peacefully, despite trouble the previous night when petrol bombs were thrown at police and at houses in an interface area.

Around 25,000 people came from as far away as Canada and Australia to mark the 327th anniversary of the Relief of Derry.

First Minister Arlene Foster was seen tucking into a Relief of Derry fry at the Fountain's Cathedral Youth Club in the morning.

The day began with a wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph before a lively pageant, complete with a firing cannon.

The Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown watched the parade, saying it was important to make the marchers feel welcome.

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