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Twelfth 2016 Dromore: Up to 20,000 enjoy day of pageantry and music

One hundred lodges and up to 80 bands took part in the Twelfth celebrations in Dromore.

As many as 20,000 people flocked to the area to enjoy the pageantry and music as the town played host to the largest demonstration in Co Down. A total of eight districts took part in proceedings - with Orangemen and women from Bann Valley, Rathfriland, Banbridge, Lower Iveagh West, Loughbrickland, Gilford and Newry on parade with host district Lower Iveagh.

A number of Lambeg drums and all genres of music provided by a host of bands added to the carnival atmosphere. All parade participants passed under an impressive Orange arch, located in Market Square, which was formally dedicated last summer.

Among the senior Orangemen on the platform was the Grand Master of Co Down, Sam Walker, who provided the main address.

Dromore hosted its first Twelfth demonstration in 16 years, having last held the annual event in the 2000.

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