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Logan pleased at Royal Black response

North Down SDLP representative Liam Logan has praised the “prompt and appropriate” response of the Royal Black Institution to complaints from residents of the Brunswick Road, Bangor after a parade on Black Saturday (August 28).

This follows an article which appeared in last week’s Community Telegraph (September 1) where it was reported that The Sash was played as the parade was in the vicinity of St Comgall’s Catholic church on the Brunswick Road.

Mr Logan approached the Royal Black Institution after having recieved several complaints from both Catholic and Protestants living in the area.

The residents had expressed concern that the band accompanying the parade had played inflammatory tunes in close proximity to the chapel.

One local Protestant resident, who contacted the Community Telegraph at the time said the parade had left her feeling intimidated.

“No one on the road was expecting this parade. Then about 8.30pm, all of a sudden we could hear drums. Then they came up the road playing flutes and whistles. It was very intimidating,” she said.

In response to such complaints, Mr Logan raised the matter with the Royal Black Institution, who after investigating the matter offered an unqualified and unreserved apology for the insensitive behaviour during the parade.

Mr Logan expressed his appreciation to the Institution for their handling of the of the complaint.

“I raised the matter very civilly with the Royal Black Institution and was met with complete civility in response.

“We all live under the same sky, no one benefits from the irresponsible actions of a minority and I welcome the Institution’s stance in disassociating itself with the events. It is important that the good work and the good name of the institution is not undermined by a minority intent on causing mischief.

“Let us celebrate our differences and support diversity in a dignified and respectful way , that is the key to a shared future,” he said.

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