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Twelfth 2016 Ahoghill: Carnival atmosphere as traditional Lambeg drummers burst into impromptu sessions

Published 13/07/2016

Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
A man with a Lambeg Drum plays during Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Orange Order mascot ,Diamond Dan, during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
A young lady tries to take shelter from the rain during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Cousins L-R Lucy McIlrath 7, Chloe McGurkin 7 and Tori McGuckin 6 during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Ruth Young 's dog, Dodger, during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Accordion players during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Rebekah Steele (6) during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill. Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Ruth Young with her Jack Russell, Dodger, during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Pipers during Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
A man with a Lambeg Drum plays during Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Ben and Sarah Scott with their twins Chloe (L) and Sophie (1yr) during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Eva Sands (4) during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Ben and Sarah Scott with their twins Chloe (L) and Sophie (1yr) during the Twelfth Celebrations in Ahoghill Picture: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

The distinctive and unique sound of the Lambeg drum was very apparent at this year's Triangle Combine Parade.

Held in the village of Ahoghill, just outside Ballymena, it played host to the largest contingent of the massive instrument on parade throughout the Province. Impromptu drumming sessions also added to the carnival atmosphere yesterday.

A total of 16 lodges, accompanied by nine bands, took part in the close-knit demonstration, which is held on other years in Cullybackey and Portglenone. The main parade started at the Galgorm Road and made its way towards the village centre, with hundreds of supporters turning out to enjoy the music and performances along the route.

The guest speaker on the day was Rev Sherrard McKay, chaplain of Cullybackey District.

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