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Published 13/10/2016

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

Early last month, I attended the Belfast Tattoo in the SSE Arena and it was a spectacular evening. There were several British military bands, as well as marching bands from Holland and the Irish Republic and a rich selection of bands from here in Northern Ireland.

Ballinran Flute Band were there from the Kingdom of Mourne and there were two accordion bands from north Antrim, Dunloy and The Vow, as well as pipe bands such as Ravara, McDonald Memorial and Marlacoo from Northern Ireland, Thiepval Memorial from Donegal and New Ross from Co Wexford.

The event is now firmly established in the cultural calendar of Northern Ireland — and rightly so. Indeed, this year the Saturday evening performance was filmed by the BBC and broadcast some weeks later. For some years, I have been pressing the BBC to provide more coverage of bands and this was a welcome development.

Of course, people can enjoy band music in a variety of settings and many of those opportunities are free of charge. There is an annual programme of open-air competitions organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and bands also play a significant role in many parades.

The Saturday before the Tattoo was the last Saturday in August and I was in Lisburn for the Royal Black Institution demonstration, as were many other people.

There, we were able to enjoy a feast of band music that had both quality and variety, with accordion, flute, pipe and silver bands.

There are around 650 bands in Northern Ireland and perhaps half of them are flute bands, with a smaller number of accordion bands and around 100 pipe bands.

There are, then, well over 20,000 people in those bands who are learning music and performing music throughout the year and in communities across Northern Ireland. That probably makes them the largest community arts sector in Northern Ireland.

Some years ago, when I was Culture Minister, I commissioned an independent report on the sector and there was a follow-up report when I was Minister for Social Development.

Those were useful reports in that they provided valuable information about a sector which has often been marginalised or undervalued.

Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road
Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Glasgow County Lodge members(L-R) Mark Kirkland, Eddie McGonnell, Kirsty Gardner and Gina McNee pose for a selfie as the parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Elle Knowles(4) with her cousin Phoebe(2) watch the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Norma Moore, Jodie Moore(8) and Thomasena Hunt wait for the parade on Balmoral Avenue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way into the field. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Andrew Thompson with his two-year-old son Seth from Rosetta. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Conor Boyd waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Left to right. Zac Jamison(3) and Marcus Toan(7) wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Brothers Roman(3&left) and Reuben McKinney(2) from Templepatrick play the drums as they want for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade takes a break on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Seven-year-old Marcus Toan waits for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. Chelsea Pensioner Sam Cameron and seven-year-old Conor Boyd wait for the parade on the Lisburn Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Gerald Rutherford pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Bands pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Blue Ribbon band from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Nathan Anderson, Andrew Charles and Gordon Lucy from Belfast pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015: Thousands of Orange Order members are taking part in parades across Northern Ireland. The parades mark the 325th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Karen Charles,Shaz Kelly and June Withers pictured at the Twelfth celebrations in Saintfield. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2015 Belfast's Orange Order annual 12th of July demonstration makes its way through the City Centre to the field at Malone House beside Shaws Bridge. The parade makes its way up Malone Road. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Press Eye
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today James Smyth, Joey Sinclaire, Danniell White and Curtis Whte (Front) of Dunmurry Protastant Boys at field in Derriaghy Field
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 Colourparty with Jeffery Donaldson
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Hillsborough District Colour Party pass Seymore Hill on their way to the field at Dunnmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Members of Harry Ferguson Memorial Pipe band warm up before departing for Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Sisters Amy and Katie Cairns from Lisburn add a bit of colour to todays parade at Seymore Hill
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today A young band leader shows his skills
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Lisburn District LOL No 6 with Jeffery Donaldson arrive at Field in Dunmurry
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 12th July celebrations in Derriaght/Dunmurry today Young Piper and Drummer of Harry Ferguson Memorial band warm up in Derriaghy
Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Pictured are Freddie and Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Charlie McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Jennifer and Penni McKibbin at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured are Pride of Ballinran's Clare Glenny with Sarah McConnell,Sophie Annett,Megan Holmes,Laura Glenny and Lindsay Norris with Darcy Campbell. Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Pictured is Lewis Martin from Ballyvea band at the Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
Ballymartin and Kilkeel 12th of July celebrations. Picture Mark Marlow
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
The 12th Of July Parade in Broughshane, Ballymena. Presseye Declan Roughan
Crowds enjoying The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Fluteing away for Fife and Drum at Coleraine Twelfth. PIC: MARK JAMIESON.
Ballywillan Flute smartly turned out at Coleriane Twelfth. Pic: MARK JAMIESON.
Recording the Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orange Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands Men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Young Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 13/07/2015 The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bands men walk threw a puddle during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Orangefest -pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
Belfast - Northern Ireland - Monday 13th July 2015 - Belfast - Orangefest Pictured is the Orange order parade as it makes its way through the City Centre of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Picture by Kevin Scott / Presseye.
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Siblings Madison and Carson McAllister during The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
The 12th of July Parades Belfast City on Monday to commemorate protestant King William of Orange's victory over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Two year old Kyle Smith will follow lodges and bands as they leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 - William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Lodges and bands leave Lisburn City Centre on their way to the field in Fullerton Park, Dunmurry. A total of 18 demonstrations are being held as part of the Twelfth of July commemorations around the Province. 13th July 2015 William Cherry/Presseye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Members of the Orange Order take part in the annual Twelfth July celebrations in Belfast city Centre this morning. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

One of the key issues in relation to the arts is to increase participation and bands provide musical tuition in communities right across Northern Ireland.

Another issue is performance, or quality, and here we are able to benchmark the quality of our bands against the rest of the world for our pipe bands bring home British, European and World titles on a regular basis.

Turning back to the Tattoo, we can also see flute and accordion bands performing alongside some of the best military bands in the world. That shows the quality of the sector.

The Arts Council, as an arms-length body of the Department for Communities, provides support to many arts organisations and this is a sector that, on the grounds of both participation and performance, deserves more recognition and resources.

Unfortunately, under the previous Culture Minister, the Musical Instruments Fund for Bands was curtailed in 2014-15 and then totally withdrawn in 2015-16. This was the only sector where funding was totally withdrawn — a fact that did not go unnoticed.

After the recent Assembly election, the new Minister for Communities, Paul Givan, reinstated the fund at £200,000 and then, on Tuesday afternoon, he announced in the Assembly that such was the demand that a further £98,000 has been added, so that all the eligible applications can be funded. That will provide support for 68 bands, with a maximum grant of £5,000, and will help to redress what happened in recent years.

It has been a good fund, which helps the Northern Ireland Executive to meet its targets in relation to supporting culture, targeting social need, addressing rural need and ensuring a good geographical spread.

By restoring the fund, Paul Givan has righted a wrong that should never have been inflicted in the first place.

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