IT was a special day for Lurgan yesterday as the area hosted the biggest Twelfth parade outside of Belfast.
It was also the first time that Lurgan had hosted the main parade in 12 years.
And while the brethren of other areas of Northern Ireland will be putting up their aching feet after yesterday’s marches, most of the Armagh members — who are also in the Black Institution — are off today for another bout of foot-slogging.
Those from the Lurgan District of the Orange Order are off this morning to their traditional annual ‘Black’ parade in Bangor.
Most of the rest of the county’s members – along with some from Co Down – will head for Scarva for the annual Sham Fight. But they’re made of stern stuff in the County of the Diamond, where the Orange Order was formed in the village of Loughgall in 1795. All of the 11 Co Armagh districts yesterday enjoyed their big day out in Lurgan, a historic town which is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year.
The majestic Brownlow House — world headquarters of the Black Institution — provided the backdrop for the demonstration, with its expansive grounds used as the ‘field’ where tens of thousands enjoyed a Sunshine Twelfth.