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Effigy of Robert Lundy in flames as Apprentice Boys march

By Joanne Fleming

Reviled as a traitor, an effigy of Robert Lundy went up in flames at the weekend as the Apprentice Boys of Derry marked the 326th anniversary of the shutting of the gates before the infamous siege.

Police praised the loyal order for a peaceful day as around 30 bands and 1,500 people paraded from the railway station in the Waterside area on Saturday.

The marchers made their way through the city centre before attending a service of thanksgiving at St Columb's Cathedral.

PSNI Foyle area commander Tony Callaghan described the event as "another successful day for Derry".

Held each year on the first Saturday in December, the Shutting of the Gates celebrations commemorate the actions of the 13 apprentices who closed the city's gates in 1688 to prevent its overthrow by the troops of King James. Lundy, governor of the city, is thought to have betrayed the city's people citizens in the face of the advancing troops.

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