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Orange Order says 'it's about the Battle not the Bottle' in Twelfth alcohol awareness campaign

By Claire Williamson

The Orange Order has urged those taking part in the Twelfth celebrations not to overindulge in alcohol with their new awareness campaign.

The County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast launched the campaign titled "It's about the Battle, not the Bottle' initiative ahead of the annual parade.

Posters are to feature on a number of Metro buses highlighting the campaign.

County Grand Master George Chittick was joined at the poster unveiling by Belfast City Lord Mayor, Brian Kingston.

Mr Chittick said: “Advertising on public transport is the latest component of the ongoing campaign to highlight our message regarding the responsible consumption of alcohol on the Twelfth.

“At the Twelfth of July we celebrate victory at the Boyne. It’s not about getting drunk.

“With this year marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, I would once again appeal for all those participating in or spectating at our demonstration to act in a manner befitting of the occasion.”

A number of billboards, located in various locations across the city, are also raising awareness of the alcohol campaign.

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