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One of the quietest Twelfths in years, say thankful police as flashpoints fail to spark

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/07/2016

Police stand between Orange Order members and nationalist protesters at the Ardoyne shops on Tuesday
Police stand between Orange Order members and nationalist protesters at the Ardoyne shops on Tuesday

Police leaders have hailed one of the quietest Twelfth of July celebrations in years, with no significant injuries to officers.

A number of flashpoint marches passed off on Tuesday without any major incidents.

Chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland Mark Lindsay said that, from the perspective of rank-and-file officers, it was one of the most successful Twelfths in recent years.

"We didn't have officers hurt in street confrontations or standoffs, and that's what we have been working to achieve," he said.

"Loyal orders, community groups, local politicians and statutory bodies worked alongside the police to achieve this result, and it is one I would like to see built upon. We can achieve much more as a society if we work for common goals."

A police officer was injured when he was knocked down in Co Tyrone, and there was a tense standoff between loyalists and republicans at a notorious interface in north Belfast, but in comparison with the serious rioting that marred previous Twelfths the day was largely trouble-free.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin passed his best wishes to the injured officer, and giving an overall view of the day, he added: "Undoubtedly, from a policing perspective this has been one of the most successful Twelfths in recent years."

Marches near Catholic churches in east Belfast and the city centre were largely uneventful, while the Parades Commission blocking of a contentious march at the Ardoyne/Woodvale interface prompted only a low-key protest by around a dozen Orangemen.

Mr Martin, who oversaw the PSNI's Twelfth operations, said in the coming days police would examine evidence relating to any alleged criminal offences committed over the period, including hate crimes linked to placement of items on bonfires.

More than 3,000 officers were on duty in Northern Ireland on the day.

During recent Twelfths police have come under attack at a temporary barrier on Woodvale Road as they enforced a determination by the Parades Commission to prevent three Orange lodges and their supporters from passing the nationalist Ardoyne neighbourhood.

Last month a deal between the Orange Order and Ardoyne residents to resolve the bitter impasse fell through.

But community workers on both sides of the divide expressed hope the work can be salvaged in the future.

A young Orange band member looks up at the camera as he holds his banner before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
A young Orange band member looks up at the camera as he holds his banner before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Orange bandsmen share a joke before they take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Female Orange lodge members show off their matching tattoos before taking part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangeman poses for a portrait before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangeman lights up his pipe before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Men in period costume wait for the start as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Men in period costume parade as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
The parade marches past police, keeping Nationalist protestors away from a Loyalist feeder parade, passing the Nationalist Ardoyne shops on its way to join the main 12th July celebrations on July 12, 2016, the return parade has been banned from returning passed the shops this evening. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
An Orangewoman from Glasgow, poses for a photograph as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangemen, some in period costume wait for the start, as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
An Orangeman with an orange lily watches, as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangewomen take a selfie photograph beside a police landrover, as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangemen wearing union jack braces watches on as thousands take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Orangemen lead as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
Orangemen lead the main parade as the main 12th July parade moves off from Carlisle circus in Belfast, on July 12, 2016. 12th July is the main marching day in the Orange Order calendar. The parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Female band members dressed in military outfits from the first world war take a selfie on a smartphone before they take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangeman watches from under the shade of a tree as thousands of Orangemen and bandsmen take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: The leading party of Orangemen stand to attention as they wait for the beginning of the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange bandsman screams into the camera as he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange bandsman screams into the camera as he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orange Flute band takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: An Orangeman displays his Sash before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A young band member throws his baton skywards as thousands of Orangemen and bandsmen take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
An Orangeman poses for a portrait before he takes part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
A young band member poses for a photograph as thousands of Orangemen and bandsmen take part in the annual Orange march on July 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Orange marches and demonstrations celebrate the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when the Protestant King William of Orange defeated the Catholic King James II on the banks of the river Boyne. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Gavin Robinson MP and his son Reuben join Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2016 - Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th July 2016 - Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on Ireland's east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/16 The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on IrelandÕs east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 12/07/16 The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on IrelandÕs east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Members of the public watch Orangemen and bandsmen in Belfast City Centre as they take part in the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belfast. The parades celebrate William of Orange's victory over King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
The Orange Parade in Belfast City Centre on Tuesday , as the 12th of July celebrations take part across Northern Ireland, to commemorate the Battle of Boyne, which occurred on IrelandÕs east coast in 1690. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Amanda Campbell and Joanne Liddle from Scotland pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Kyle Brown from Dondonald pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2016: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The 12th of July parades mark the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held in towns and cities. Orange Order members pictured during the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison /Pacemaker.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Two-year-old Seth Thompson from Rosetta watches the parade on the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Glasgow County Lodge members(L-R) Mark Kirkland, Eddie McGonnell, Kirsty Gardner and Gina McNee pose for a selfie as the parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Elle Knowles(4) with her cousin Phoebe(2) watch the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Norma Moore, Jodie Moore(8) and Thomasena Hunt wait for the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way into the field. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Andrew Thompson with his two-year-old son Seth from Rosetta. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Zac Jamison(3) and Marcus Toan(7) wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Brothers Roman(3&left) and Reuben McKinney(2) from Templepatrick play the drums as they want for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Marcus Toan waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Chelsea Pensioner Sam Cameron and seven-year-old Conor Boyd wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

This year, in an apparently pre-planned move, a dozen members of Ballysillan lodge approached the barrier, watched by a few supporters.

After handing in a protest letter, they stood with their backs to the railings for over an hour before dispersing. Two other lodges expected to walk to the barricade did not arrive, apparently because of a timing issue with the main Belfast parade they were taking part in.

Ballysillan was the only one of three restricted lodges to oppose the mooted deal with residents.

After its members left and the Woodvale Road reopened focus shifted to the nearby community interface where loyalists and republicans had gathered on either side of the roundabout at the Ardoyne shops. A number of minor incidents unfolded in a two-hour standoff, with riot police stepping in more than once to defuse trouble, but the tension eventually dissipated and the crowds left the scene.

Earlier, the main Belfast parade passed St Patrick's Catholic Church on Donegall Street without major incident.

A parade past St Matthew's Catholic Church on the Lower Newtownards Road in east Belfast - the scene of disorder in previous years - also passed without incident.

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

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