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Twelfth 2016 Lisburn: A special day for lodge as it toasts 40th anniversary

The city of Lisburn hosted the South Antrim Combine Twelfth for the first time in seven years yesterday.

Seven districts - totalling more than 70 individual lodges - took part in the parade led by Lisburn brethren, who were followed by Magheragall, Ballinderry, Derriaghy, Hillsborough, Aghalee and Glenavy.

Orangemen, women and juniors were accompanied by about 50 bands for the colourful occasion, which typically attracts a large number of spectators.

The Lagan Valley has special significance on the Twelfth, as King William visited Lisburn Castle and inspected troops at nearby Blaris Moor, before stopping at Hillsborough, on route to the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Among the lodges on parade were LOL 1981, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. Ballymacash LOL 317 also stepped out with a new banner, depicting scenes from the Battle of the Somme.

It was shortlisted in the Best New Banner Award category at this year's Orange Community Awards.

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