Order confirm Bangor Twelfth of July details
Published 30/06/2009 | 14:12
The Orange Order has confirmed its plans for this year's Twelfth of July celebrations in Bangor.
The town was chosen as one of three flagship parades to take place as part of the annual event — the others taking place in Banbridge and Larne.
Sixty bands will take part in the parade which starts at the Arras Playing Fields at midday and goes to Valentine Playing Fields, using the entrance on the Newtownards Road. The guest speaker will be Drew Nelson, grand secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.
This year Orangemen from Bangor will be joined by brethren from Newtownards, Ards Peninsula and Holywood.
The North Irish Dragoons, a living history group dressed in authentic uniform of the period, will lead the parade along with King William on horseback. There will also be a demonstration of live musket firing in the Valentine Playing Fields after the parade.
Street entertainers, dressed as cartoon characters,will travel the parade route entertaining the spectators. Traditional Ulster-Scots musicians will also provide entertainment.
Host training has taken place to ensure there are people at the flagship parades to welcome visitors. Special leaflets will be distributed explaining the traditions of the parade.
The Orange Order director of services, David Hume, said: “Three years ago we chose Bangor as a flagship Twelfth and more than 80,000 people attended the demonstration.
“All of our parades are very important and we will be working with all the organisers to maximise the positive impact of the Twelfth parades.
“But Grand Lodge decided that we should put an extra special effort into three demonstrations this year. We selected the three locations and we have no doubt that they will be a huge success.”