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Loyal Orders step out for Reformation anniversary

By Staff Reporter

The Loyal Orders are preparing for a major rally next month to mark the anniversary of the Reformation.

On Saturday, May 6, members of the Orange and Royal Black Institutions will step out for the flagship event of the Luther 500 project, hosted in Co Armagh.

The evening religious service at Shamrock Park in Portadown will be preceded by a parade through the town, setting off from Edenderry.

The Apprentice Boys, Women's Orange Order, Independent Orange Institution, Royal Arch Purple and Junior Association are also expected to be in attendance.

The rally comes ahead of the actual 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation later this year.

In October 1517, Martin Luther nailed his '95 Theses' on the castle door in Wittenberg in Germany - an act widely seen as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which spread throughout Europe.

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