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Orange Order bids to tackle drunkenness at Twelfth

Loutish behaviour just makes everyone look bad, brethren admit

By Ivan Little

Published 09/06/2016

The campaign launched by the Orange Order
The campaign launched by the Orange Order

The Orange Order has launched a drive to tackle drunken behaviour on the Twelfth of July with a campaign proclaiming: "It's about the battle, not the bottle"

The initiative, which is supported by the PSNI and public health bodies, will see thousands of leaflets sent out to Orange Orders members and bandsmen ahead of the big day, alongside a campaign on social media.

Members of the group previously denied they were fighting a losing battle against the bottle in Belfast, where drunken scenes have become as much a part of the day as bands and lodges.

The organisation's attempt to make the Twelfth more inclusive by branding it "Orangefest" was widely derided, with critics calling it "vodka and Orangefest".

But speaking at a briefing in south Belfast, Grand Chaplain the Rev Mervyn Gibson said he was confident of success and revealed the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister was helping to fund the initiative, which was designed by a team of Orangemen and independent advisers.

He also denied the campaign was part of an attempt to get contentious Orange parades down the Garvaghy Road in Portadown or past Belfast's Ardoyne shops.

"The cynic might say that, but those are separate issues which have to be dealt with - this isn't about brownie points," Mr Gibson said.

"It's not just about (police) enforcement. It's about prevention, but the PSNI can't do it alone. Excessive drinking leads to antisocial behaviour, which creates problems. We all have a responsibility to do something about it."

The Grand Chaplain described the problem as societal and similar to scenes on St Patrick's day and more.

"No public event seems complete unless accompanied by a sea of drink," he said.

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. 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
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
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
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
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. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the 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
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. Gerald Rutherford pictured at the 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. Bands pictured at the 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. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the 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. Nathan Anderson, Andrew Charles and Gordon Lucy from Belfast pictured at the 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
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
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. Karen Charles,Shaz Kelly and June Withers pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
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
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today James Smyth, Joey Sinclaire, Danniell White and Curtis Whte (Front) of Dunmurry Protastant Boys at field in Derriaghy Field
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 Colourparty with Jeffery Donaldson
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Hillsborough District Colour Party pass Seymore Hill on their way to the field at Dunnmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Members of Harry Ferguson Memorial Pipe band warm up before departing for Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Sisters Amy and Katie Cairns from Lisburn add a bit of colour to todays parade at Seymore Hill
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today A young band leader shows his skills
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 with Jeffery Donaldson arrive at Field in Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Young Piper and Drummer of Harry Ferguson Memorial band warm up in Derriaghy
Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Jennifer and Penni McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured are Pride of Ballinran's Clare Glenny with Sarah McConnell,Sophie Annett,Megan Holmes,Laura Glenny and Lindsay Norris with Darcy Campbell. Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Lewis Martin from Ballyvea band at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Crowds enjoying The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Fluteing away for Fife and Drum at Coleraine Twelfth. PIC: MARK JAMIESON.
Ballywillan Flute smartly turned out at Coleriane Twelfth. Pic: MARK JAMIESON.
Recording the Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orange Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Young Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orangefest -pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Two year old Kyle Smith will follow lodges and bands as they leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 - William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Mr Gibson additionally claimed that some of the bad publicity the Orange Order attracted was "spiteful, hypocritical and bigoted".

But he nonetheless acknowledged that some of it was deserved, adding: "Sometimes, our members and supporters make it easy for people to accentuate our faults."

Rev Gibson described this year's Twelfth as not just a celebration of the Battle of the Boyne, but also a commemoration of the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme, which he said made respectful behaviour even more important.

He added: "We don't want to be killjoys on the Twelfth. We're not saying, 'don't drink', we are saying, 'keep the main thing the main thing'."

Every Orangeman in Belfast is to receive a letter urging them to share the "battle, not the bottle" message with their family, friends, work members and neighbours.

More than 20,000 leaflets will also be circulated to Orange Order members, bandsmen and spectators in Belfast and visitors from Scottish lodges and bands.

On top of that, 20,000 bottles of water will be handed out on the Twelfth by Orange Order members, who are also distributing 25,000 beer mats with information about the campaign to 50 pubs and clubs across the city.

Similar messages will also be posted on buses and on billboards.

The Order is convinced social media will ultimately prove a powerful weapon.

Mr Gibson said: "We believe Facebook and Twitter will help us reach a particular part of our target audience, with prominent members endorsing our campaign online."

However, he also accepted that the campaign would not get rid of the ugly, violent scenes overnight.

"It will take time," he explained. "It's all about changing attitudes. This is not a one-off initiative, and we have to start somewhere".

"I think that it benefits everyone. I can't see any logical reason why anyone would say that it's a bad idea."

Actor Dan Gordon has been recruited to develop projects about addressing problem drinking in four schools in Belfast.

"We are starting in small groups, but in September if the opportunities and the finances are there, we hope to roll this out into a much wider area," he said.

Mr Gibson was asked why Orange Order stewards could not adopt a more proactive role in confiscating alcohol from drinkers on the Twelfth, especially under-age ones.

"We don't have the power to do that," he replied, "but we have stood beside the police at times at what are called choke points along the parade's route and we support them taking the drink off people."

Mr Gibson also said Orange leaders were not advocating the idea that drinking should be banned from their fields on the Twelfth of July, and he added that there were rules already in place to sanction lodge members for bringing the organisation into disrepute.

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