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Lodges gather for Junior Orange Order parade

By Staff Reporter

The Junior Orange Order will hold its annual Easter Tuesday demonstration today in the Co Antrim town where King William landed in 1690 on his way to victory at the Battle of the Boyne.

The Carrickfergus parade will leave Price William Way at 12.30pm and proceed through the town centre to Joymount car park.

Three Belfast Districts and other lodges from across Northern Ireland, accompanied by up to a dozen bands, are due to participate.

Among the dignitaries on parade will be the junior grand master Roy Nixon, as well as visitors from Scotland and England.

As this year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, wreaths will be laid as a mark of respect at the town's war memorial.

The remembrance service will be led by Rev Mervyn Gibson, chaplain of the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast.

The return parade is due to commence at 3.30pm.

The long-standing holiday procession - one of the first in the traditional parading season - has been held on an annual basis since 1919.

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