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UUP Orangemen Tom Elliott and Danny Kennedy who defied ban on going to Catholic Mass urge rethink

By Allan Preston

Published 06/10/2016

Danny Kennedy and Tom Elliott. Pic: Paul Faith/PA Wire...A
Danny Kennedy and Tom Elliott. Pic: Paul Faith/PA Wire...A
Mervyn Gibson is open to Mass rule change
Tom Elliott MP taking on the march through Kesh during the 201t Twelfth. Pic John McVitty
The then Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott shakes hands with Mickey Harte and other GAA members at the funeral of Ronan Kerr in 2011.

Two leading Orangemen who faced the threat of disciplinary action for attending a murdered Catholic PSNI officer's funeral have backed calls to review the Order's ban on members attending Catholic Mass.

Ulster Unionists Tom Elliott MP and Danny Kennedy MLA were speaking yesterday after senior Orangeman Mervyn Gibson - an Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland - said he was open to a rule change in the future.

The then Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott shakes hands with Mickey Harte and other GAA members at the funeral of Ronan Kerr in 2011.
The then Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott shakes hands with Mickey Harte and other GAA members at the funeral of Ronan Kerr in 2011.

In 2011, Mr Elliott and Mr Kennedy attended the funeral Mass of murdered police officer Ronan Kerr. They were subject to a complaint by a Belfast lodge, but were later cleared.

More: Order's inertia is not sufficient excuse for putting off decision on attending Mass

Among the rules for Orange Order members is the instruction: "You should not countenance by your presence or otherwise any act or ceremony of Popish worship."

Both men say they have no regrets about attending Constable Kerr's funeral, and believe there is a growing demand to change the rule.

"I'm always open for discussion on the rules but it's a matter for the Orange Order if they want to have that debate or not," said Mr Elliott.

Asked if the Orange Order had suffered embarrassment over the controversy surrounding their attendance at Mr Kerr's funeral the Fermanagh MP said: "It was under very difficult circumstances - a police officer had been murdered by republican terrorists. I'm sorry that I had to go to the funeral at all. I have no regrets about what I've done."

He continued: "In fairness in many areas of Northern Ireland where people have neighbours or people they know well, particularly for funerals, they feel it's appropriate they should attend that funeral or even a wedding.

"That doesn't mean you have to partake in the Mass at all. That just means you attend the service out of respect."

He said now would be a good time to have the debate. "I certainly think there's an opportunity for the Orange Order to have that discussion. Within the wider Orange family I'm sure that would be a healthy discussion."

Mr Kennedy said he had been to many Catholic services in the past "largely without incident" and that it was common practice for Orangemen.

"My sense of it is that, particularly in rural areas, it's a rule where there's little or no enforcement of it," he said.

Regarding Mr Kerr's funeral he said: "We attended on the basis of showing respect to a young murdered police officer and I think there was widespread acceptance that was the right thing to do.

"I'm a member of the Orange Order now for over 40 years so I understand there are strong feelings still on the issue. Mervyn is right - there are some in favour of change and others who take a more traditional line. In certain circumstances people should be trusted to use their own common sense and find their own way through it.

"I've attended the funerals of work colleagues before and in some cases friends or neighbours. And that is very often the case for people in the rural community. My attendance was to be supportive and in the hope of bringing a degree of comfort to the families who were grieving."

The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Samantha and Jorja Rainey pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Cody Shannon, Hollie O'Neill and Lauren McCartney pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
AJ and PJ Mooney from Ballymena pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
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William Wallace from Dungiven waves to a colleague at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Micah Nicholson from Bovevagh watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
William Wallace from Dungiven waves to a colleague at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Micah Nicholson from Bovevagh watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Micah Nicholson from Bovevagh watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
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Gerty Cochrane from Ballymoney who made the journey to watch the Twelfth in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Seven Years old Emily Reilly from Limavady at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Orange Order Grand Master Edwin Stevenson leads the parade at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Rodney Smith, Gareth Doherty and Jim Gilliland at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Raymond Kennedy makes his way to the meeting point at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Orange Order Grand Master Edwin Stevenson leads the parade at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Alderman Hilary McClintock picturd with her daughter Karen and grand children Ben, Caitlin and Chloe Coyle at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
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Jim Graham, Simon McMichael and Gareth Smyth from Ballykelly lodge at Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Aaron Callaghan, Jonathan Kelly and Brent Crawford from Bellarena at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Trevor Clyde, Jackie Dale and Aubrey Pollock from Ardinariff enjoy their day at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Grace and Sammy Morrison. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Catch me if you can Dad. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: It was a day for all generations in Dromore. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Waringsford's William Wallace pipes a lament at the war memorial. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Mia and Lexi Cosgrove. Picture: Philip Magowan
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Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

In 2014, a survey of the Co Fermanagh Grand Orange Lodge polled members on the following statement: "I think the rule about attending a Roman Catholic church should be changed."

Half (49.7%) of the members said they agreed, just 25.3% disagreed, and 25% were unsure.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback show, Mr Gibson had said he had attended homes and wakes of "Roman Catholics and republicans" and prayed for the families "and with them".

Louise Bradley and Mulnagore Coronation Accordion Band members in the demonstration field in Coagh.
Louise Bradley and Mulnagore Coronation Accordion Band members in the demonstration field in Coagh.
Twelfthie taken today in Glenarm. Included is Worshipful Master of Broughshane LOL 503 bro Craig Sloan, his father the Chaplin bro David Sloan and other members of the family
Vic and Jill Donaldson and Pam Currie, waiting for return parade in Portadown, despite a 'little shower'.
Joseph Ferguson (10) and Dad Stephen Ferguson in Portadown with Killeen Lodge, Armagh District.
Emma and Molly Liggett at Poyntzpass.
Riley (3) Lily (2) getting ready to watch the Twelfth in Newtownstewart Co.Tyrone
Scarlett Munday, aged 2 years from Newtownards.
The Beck Family From Kilkeel at their flagship parade with Roden LOL 1943
Father and daughter Chris (25) and Alicia (6) enjoying the parades by Belfast City Hall.
Jonathan Willis with niece Thea Willis aged 3 from LOL 97 going to Portadown.
Neil and Laura McKnight with Jenny and Emma Beck at the flagship parade in Kilkeel.
Taylor Crawford aged 8 enjoying the Twelfth with his mum in Portadown
Ulster Unionist councillor Lindsay Millar takes a Twelfthie with TUV councillor Timothy Gaston at the Ballymena demonstration
Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration
Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration
Orange Order's Community Education Officer David Scott (left) takes a Twelfthie at the Dromore demonstration
Willing participant in the Twelfthie selfie craze Finance Minister Arlene Foster
Broadcaster Paul Clarke poses for a Twelfthie with a member of Cavanpole LOL 297
Councillor Trevor Cummings tweeted a twelfthie saying 'having a glorious day between the showers' Pic: @cummingstrev
Maggie the dog's Twelthie posted by Karen @nerak35
David Brooks posted a twelfthie all the way from Virginia USA. He said: "Wishing all Orange Order brethren at home a glorious Twelfth/13th with a #Twelfthie from LOL 1105, Virginia, #USA."
Getting in the spirit of the Twelfthie pic moomin2012 @moomin20121
Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford

"That rule harks back to a day when people said 'don't go into the chapel' and I accept that but equally it can be changed. And it may be changed."

While accepting the current rules he added: "The opportunity is there for it to be changed."

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