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Royal Blacks out in force at Bangor parade

By Staff Reporter

More than 250 members of Lurgan District No 2 of the Royal Black Institution took part in their annual parade in Bangor yesterday.

The traditional procession included 12 preceptories and nine bands.

The main parade started from Castle Park Avenue and made its way through the seaside town along Dufferin Avenue, Grays Hill, Queens Parade, Bridge Street, Main Street and on to Hamilton Road.

The principal speaker during the religious service was Canon Will Murphy, the Imperial Grand Chaplain.

The Royal Black Institution was founded in 1797 - two years after the Orange Order.

The Institution concentrates on the teachings of Holy Scripture and is committed to the furtherance of the Christian message of the Cross.

In adhering firmly to the traditions of the Reformed Christian Faith, no offence is intended to anyone or to any group, the Institution says on its website.

This year, in common with Protestant churches and organisations around the world the Royal Black Institution has a major focus on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The date is taken from 1517, when German priest Martin Luther launched his historic attack on the practice of selling indulgences by the religious authorities of the day.

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