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Relief of Derry Apprentice Boys parade: 'Low key’ policing as march expected to pass off peacefully

By Donna Deeney

Published 07/08/2015

The William King Memorial Flute Band pictured at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
The William King Memorial Flute Band pictured at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
The Blackskull band from Glasgow pictured at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
The General Committee of the Aprentice Boys leds the way the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
Nicole graham and Jack McClements who watched history unfold during the pageant which takes place before the main Relief of Derry celebration. The annual event brings to an end the week long Maiden City Festival which marks the end of the Siege of Derry which began in 1688 and ended in 1689. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
Apprentice Boys Governor Jom Brownlee pictured as the main Relief of Derry parade gets underway on the Craigavon Bridge on saturday. The annual event brings to an end the week long Maiden City Festival which marks the end of the Siege of Derry which began in 1688 and ended in 1689. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
The public get a taste of siege rations during the pageant which takes place before the main Relief of Derry celebration. The annual event brings to an end the week long Maiden City Festival which marks the end of the Siege of Derry which began in 1688 and ended in 1689. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
Samuel McKittrick and Brad Campbell, pictured at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
The Apprentice Boys defend the city during the pageant which takes place before the main Relief of Derry celebration. The annual event brings to an end the week long Maiden City Festival which marks the end of the Siege of Derry which began in 1688 and ended in 1689. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
Andrea and Tyler Kells try and keep warm during the pageant which takes place before the main Relief of Derry celebration. The annual event brings to an end the week long Maiden City Festival which marks the end of the Siege of Derry which began in 1688 and ended in 1689. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
Victor Kitson, right, pictured with his sons Glen and Lee, at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
Cpuncillor Maurice Devenney pictured at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
William Lorimer and Archie Richardson, pictured at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
The General Committee of the Aprentice Boys leds the way the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
Robert Gillespie and Mark Byers pictured at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
The General Committee of the Aprentice Boys leds the way the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
The General Committee of the Apprentice Boys leads the way during the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
Lieutenant Governor Graeme Stenhouse and Paul Stewart pictured at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15
Maurice Devenney and brearern from the MItchelburne Club presents a commemorative glass placque to Andy McAdam from the Blackskull Band of Fife and Drums to mark the bands 25th appearance at the annual Relief of Derry celebration. The event during which the Apprentice Boys of Derry parent clubs parade around the historic Walls of Londonderry marks the end of the Siege of the city which was the longest siege in British Military History. It is the largest parade by the Loyal Orders with up to 40,000 people and 140 bands taking part. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 08.08.15

Policing at this weekend’s Apprentice Boys parade will be ‘low key’ despite an anticipated 30,000 people and 150 marching bands arriving in Londonderry on Saturday.

The annual Relief of Derry celebration is the largest parade held anywhere in Northern Ireland — and is expected to be trouble free and non-contentious.

Last year the Apprentice Boys of Derry, the Orange Order, the Black Preceptory along with the Londonderry Bands Forum collectively produced the Maiden City Accord — a set of guidelines for lodge members and bandsmen taking part in parades in Derry.

Coupled with years of dialogue with business, Church and community leaders from both sides of the community, Derry is now held up as an example of peaceful parading.

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The governor of the Apprentice Boys, Jim Brownlee, said this week’s extremely successful Maiden City Festival and the acceptance that the city belongs to everyone has left him optimistic about a successful day tomorrow.

He said: “The Relief of Derry is the largest parade in Northern Ireland but as well as being a celebration, it is also held in remembrance of the 8,000 people who died during the Siege.

“There will be around 150 bands taking part in the parade and anything up to 30,000 people or more coming to the city.

“There has been a lot of work ahead of the parade, from the Maiden City Festival as well as the work that has gone into ensuring that this is a city that belongs to everyone.”

Apprentice Boys of Derry and bandsmen on parade around Derry Walls on traditional Relief of Derry celebrations in the city. Photo Trevor McBride
Apprentice Boys of Derry and bandsmen on parade around Derry Walls on traditional Relief of Derry celebrations in the city. Photo Trevor McBride
The Apprentice Boys of Derry burn an effigy of Robert Lundy during a parade
The 324th Annual Apprentice Boys Commemoration gets under way in Derry, on Saturday 10th August 2013. Inpresspics.com
One of the bands that took part in the Apprentice Boys 324th Annual Commemoration, held in Derry on Saturday 10th August 2013, make their way around the Derry Walls.
Members of the Apprentice Boys of Derry. Picture Martin McKeown

Among those who have stayed at the helm of the talks that have resulted in high levels of co-operation from both communities to keep the streets of Derry trouble free is City Centre Manager, Jim Roddy.

He added: “The success of parades like the Apprentice Boys parade this weekend does not come by accident but we expect a successful day where policing can be kept as low key as possible.

“There is a real will on all sides that the day passes off without issue and that the city is held up as an example of where both communities work together for the benefit of the whole city.

“While there is always more we can do and we do try and build on what we have achieved so far, we are hopeful that everyone taking part has a good day and the city itself is once again held up as an example of what dialogue and co-operation can achieve.”

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