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The Twelfth 2016 Belfast: Somme takes a central role as city reflects on the Fallen

By Rachel Martin

The sight of Army uniforms last seen in action 100 years ago at the Somme took centre stage at this year's Twelfth celebrations in Belfast.

Actors in First World War replica military uniforms headed this year's parade as it left City Hall. They paid tribute to the Orangemen who died as they headed towards the German lines in France a century ago.

Thousands lined the route as the procession, which included a vintage medical vehicle, passed through the city centre. Women dressed as First World War nurses also led the Women's Land Army at the start of the parade.

Among those marching were three generations of one family, including young Luke (8) and Adam Ferguson (5), who sneaked into the procession at Balmoral Avenue.

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Twelfth 2016 Maguiresbridge: Lodges from Republic make trip to the north

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Twelfth 2016 Newtownstewart: Rev David Reid fires broadside at Parades Commission

Twelfth 2016 Ballymena: Past Grand Master Bain turns out to huge parade

Twelfth 2016 Portadown: Expectations exceeded as 25,000 turn out for Orange Order's flagship

Families and friends gather to bask in the atmosphere

Twelfth 2016 Donaghadee: English and Scottish brethren welcomed

Twelfth 2016 Aughnacloy: Adherence to God's Word core message

Twelfth 2016 Kilkeel: Biggest lodge in Orange Order out for a day of family fun

Twelfth 2016 Portglenone: Wet weather can't put a damper on festivities  

Twelfth 2016 Comber: Tributes are paid to those who lost lives at the Somme

The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Samantha and Jorja Rainey pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Cody Shannon, Hollie O'Neill and Lauren McCartney pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
AJ and PJ Mooney from Ballymena pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Jennifer Gault and Audrey Hamilton at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Abbie Galbraith enjoys her first twelfth with father Alex at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Taylor Balmer at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Hugh McCormick relaxes with his pipe at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Jimmy Richardson and Joshua Orr pictured at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
John Mulholland from LOL 251 at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Shirley and Jacob Sharpe dressed up for the twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Samantha Rainey at the Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The Twelfth of July parade in Ballymena. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Three years old Frankie Miller from Coleraine watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
William Wallace from Dungiven waves to a colleague at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Micah Nicholson from Bovevagh watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
William Wallace from Dungiven waves to a colleague at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Micah Nicholson from Bovevagh watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Micah Nicholson from Bovevagh watches the parade go by at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Crystal Thompson from Dungiven and Abbie Semple and Lynne Campbell from Limavady enjoy an ice lolly as the sun finally shone at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Gerty Cochrane from Ballymoney who made the journey to watch the Twelfth in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Seven Years old Emily Reilly from Limavady at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Orange Order Grand Master Edwin Stevenson leads the parade at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Rodney Smith, Gareth Doherty and Jim Gilliland at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Raymond Kennedy makes his way to the meeting point at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Orange Order Grand Master Edwin Stevenson leads the parade at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Alderman Hilary McClintock picturd with her daughter Karen and grand children Ben, Caitlin and Chloe Coyle at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
George McClelland and David Donaldson from Largy at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Andrew McFarlane, Chris Hamilton and Samuel Irwin from Dungiven LOL 2036 at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Members of the Reilly family, William, (7), Abigail (9), Emily (7) and Sophie (6), at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Jim Graham, Simon McMichael and Gareth Smyth from Ballykelly lodge at Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Aaron Callaghan, Jonathan Kelly and Brent Crawford from Bellarena at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
Trevor Clyde, Jackie Dale and Aubrey Pollock from Ardinariff enjoy their day at the 12th in Limavady. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.16
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Grace and Sammy Morrison. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Catch me if you can Dad. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: It was a day for all generations in Dromore. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Waringsford's William Wallace pipes a lament at the war memorial. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Picture: Philip Magowan
12th July parades, Dromore, County Down. Dromore hosted the main 12th July demonstration in Co. Down. Pictured: Mia and Lexi Cosgrove. Picture: Philip Magowan
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Pictured is Jensen Rea age 2. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in Donaghadee Co Down. Pictured are members of the Flutes and Drums band. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Pictured are Jake Simpson and John Graham. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press
Pacemaker press 12/07/2016 The Annual 12th of July takes place in comber Co Down. Picture Mark Marlow/pacemaker press

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Twelfth 2016 Ballycastle: Leading GB Orangeman has a great day out in Northern Ireland  

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Twelfth 2016 Glenarm: TUV leader Allister takes to the platform  

The boys are still too young to join - they'll have to be 18 before they can become full members of the Orange Order - but they hope to follow in the footsteps of their uncle, Mark Baird, and their grandfather, Alex Baird, some day.

The boys' great-grandfather, Alec Baird, was a founder member of the Cloverhill Temperance LOL 455 in 1944.

Mark said: "I've been a member since I was 15 or 16 years old. I'm now 31 so it's been a while now. My grandfather was a founding member of the lodge and then my father joined and now I've joined. For the three of us, it's always very much been a family thing.

"It's the companionship and a good day out which we enjoy, and my nephews love to come and watch everything going past.

"For me, today was not just about the commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne, but also the Battle of the Somme, because my great-grandfather was injured in the Great War.

"I was clearing out my grandfather's roof space last year and found something signed by King George. It was a bit the worse for wear so I couldn't read it all, but I could make out he had been discharged for medical reasons."

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

Dundonald families the Cowans and the Farghers brought along babies Jack and Amelia who were taking in the sights and sounds of the Twelfth for the first time.

The families always stop to watch the parades at Balmoral Avenue and have now included the next generation in the tradition. Ruth Fargher said: "It's always been a family thing - we would come down with my nanny to this spot. It's tradition.

"We just like it here. There's always lots of families and it's got a nice atmosphere and you can watch all the bands passing."

For others it was a case of getting there early and being prepared.

The Sloss and Bell families arrived at 7am to claim their annual spot along the Malone Road, where they set up a marquee beside the Kitchen family - who had stocked their spot with food, drink and even a portable toilet just in case anyone was caught short as they waited for the bands.

Six-month-old baby Annie Kitchen, from Comber, was a contender for best dressed in her knitted tot-sized sash as she waited to cheer on her dad Glen. Her grandfather was also a member of the Craigy Defenders - the family lodge.

Back at the field, the mood was one of reflection. As families enjoyed a day together in the sun, Brexit, loyalty to the Queen and intolerance for Orange culture were all on the agenda for the afternoon service.

In his speech, Henry Dunbar, Grand Master of the Orange Order in Scotland, poured scorn on demands for border polls in Scotland and Northern Ireland in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.

He said: "It's not more referendums we need. It's a gospel revival and a return to the inspired word of God that made this country great.

"It's time for politicians to get on with the job we elected you to do - steer our country through what will undoubtedly be a long and difficult period."

He added: "We live in troubled times, brethren. And it's right we should organise to defend those things we hold dear - our civil and religious liberty, our constitutional monarchy and our democracy.

"I have never felt more proud, more motivated or more inspired to be an Orangeman than I've felt in this momentous year of 2016. It's a year that has brought the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, and the 90th birthday of Her Gracious Majesty the Queen. The Somme Centenary might not be a pleasant one, but it's certainly a proud one."

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