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Twelfthie picture craze puts Orange Order in the frame

By Rebecca Black

The notorious selfie craze has taken on an Orange tinge with scores of brethren and their supporters producing "Twelfthies" on the biggest day in the parading calendar.

The Orange Order's grand master Edward Stevenson led the way with a twinkling smile and brethren at the flagship display in Bessbrook in the background of his photograph.

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However, former Craigavon Mayor Colin McCusker appeared the most prolific Twelfthie taker.

The UUP man started first thing in the morning with a shot of his fry-up, then another of him with his son both suited and wearing their collarettes ready for a day of parading with Lurgan No 6 District. Then there were more Twelfthies in the car as his parade started, balancing a Lambeg drum, arriving at the field, having a well-earned sit down, leaving the field and finishing the parade.

There were more family portraits living out the lyrics of The Sash with DUP Upper Bann MLA Stephen Moutray posing for a Twelfie with his son Phil while the pair paraded together.

Belfast DUP councillor Christopher Stalford's son Oliver may be too young to parade yet, but the pair posed for their own Twelfthie in the capital city. Even Finance Minister Arlene Foster got into the spirit posing for a Twelfthie with two bandsmen as she enjoyed the day in Kesh.

Lagan Valley DUP MLAs Edwin Poots and Paul Givan also posed for a Twelfthie together.

Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Ann Dobson took it to the next level, getting involved in a Twelfthie with a friend using a selfie stick to help allow more people into the picture.

The Orange Order's education Officer David Scott, who made the call for Twelfthies ahead of the big day, was not found wanting. He posted a Twelfthie in his bass drummer uniform with a friend, joking that he had even made time for one while recruiting.

The pets of brethren did not escape the craze with their owners adorning their dogs and cats in collarettes and flags to celebrate the day.

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