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Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Sofie Lilly Ferguson five months old with Andrea Mawhinney pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Sofie Lilly Ferguson five months old with Andrea Mawhinney pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  Members of the Orange Order and their supporters march during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters march during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Supporters attend an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Supporters attend an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members take part in an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orangemen and women take part in the annual Twelfth of July Orange demonstration march on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an annual Ulster Protestant celebration of the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic forces of King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orangemen and women take part in the annual Twelfth of July Orange demonstration march on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an annual Ulster Protestant celebration of the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic forces of King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orange band members pose before taking part in the annual Twelfth of July Orange demonstration march on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an annual Ulster Protestant celebration of the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic forces of King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orange band members pose before taking part in the annual Twelfth of July Orange demonstration march on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an annual Ulster Protestant celebration of the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic forces of King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orange band members pose before taking part in the annual Twelfth of July Orange demonstration march on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an annual Ulster Protestant celebration of the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic forces of King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Orange band members pose before taking part in the annual Twelfth of July Orange demonstration march on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Twelfth is an annual Ulster Protestant celebration of the victory of the Protestant King William of Orange over the Catholic forces of King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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PSNI vehicle passes as bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

PSNI vehicle passes as bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Supporters attend an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Supporters attend an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  A supporter of the Orange Order takes part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A supporter of the Orange Order takes part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  Members of the Orange Order takes part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order takes part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  A member of the Orange Order takes part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A member of the Orange Order takes part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A young supporter of the Orange Order plays the drums during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: A young supporter of the Orange Order plays the drums during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  Members of the Orange Order and their supporters march during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters march during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  Supporters of the Orange Order pose by a wall mural during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Supporters of the Orange Order pose by a wall mural during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  Supporters of the Orange Order sit on the steps of a church during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Supporters of the Orange Order sit on the steps of a church during the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12:  Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 12: Members of the Orange Order and their supporters take part in the Twelfth of July parade on July 12, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Orangemen march annually on July 12th to commemorate the Protestant King William III's victory over the Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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A member of the Orange Order poses beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A member of the Orange Order poses beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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A member of the Orange Order poses beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A member of the Orange Order poses beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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A member of the Orange Order poses beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A member of the Orange Order poses beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in  Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Bandsmen and Orange Order members gather ahead of an Orange Order parade in Belfast, as part of the annual Twelfth of July celebrations, marking the victory of King William III's victory over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 12, 2019. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. William and Meg Massey from East Belfast pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. William and Meg Massey from East Belfast pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Ronnie Thompson LOL 1977 who is celebrating his 72 birthday today pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Ronnie Thompson LOL 1977 who is celebrating his 72 birthday today pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Christine Craig LOL88 pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. William and Meg Massey from East Belfast pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. William and Meg Massey from East Belfast pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. 
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019:  
Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands.
As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Ronnie Thompson LOL 1977 who is celebrating his 72 birthday today pictured at the Belfast parade.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

Pacemaker Press 12-07-2019: Twelfth of July parades are taking place in 18 locations across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands of people are expected at the marches, which mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The day's longest parade, in Belfast, stretches to six miles (9.5km) - nine districts will take part, accompanied by about 60 bands. As part of it, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Cenotaph at Belfast City Hall. Ronnie Thompson LOL 1977 who is celebrating his 72 birthday today pictured at the Belfast parade. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press.

The Belfast Twelfth celebrations 2019

Twelfth of July parades have been cancelled across Northern Ireland due to the coronavirus outbreak, it has been confirmed.

Senior Orangeman Reverend Mervyn Gibson said the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland made the decision to cancel events instead of postponing in order to "rebuild society and communities" and ensure there was a focus on commemorating those who died during the virus outbreak.

He said the organisation was considering ways to celebrate the Twelfth online this year.

Rev Gibson also warned against crowds gathering for bonfire celebrations on the Eleventh Night, which are not organised by the Orange Lodge, regardless of the decision to cancel parades around the country.

"We do not want to see crowds out around bonfires, no doubt about that," he told BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme.

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Mervyn Gibson said the "community at large" has concerns over the New Decade, New Approach deal

Mervyn Gibson said the "community at large" has concerns over the New Decade, New Approach deal

Mervyn Gibson said the "community at large" has concerns over the New Decade, New Approach deal

"I suspect many people will have a small bonfire in their own back garden and that's the way it'll be for many of us."

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Three years old Laughlin Davis from Magheramason pictured  in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Three years old Laughlin Davis from Magheramason pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Twins Evie and Abbie Spence from Newtownstewart pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown.

Twins Evie and Abbie Spence from Newtownstewart pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown.

Amelia Murphy pictured  in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Amelia Murphy pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

William Anderson from Omagh watches events unfold in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

William Anderson from Omagh watches events unfold in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Holly Wilson from Omagh withband members Jessica Wilson, Danniella Dougan, Charlie and Dougan from Augharonan Pipe Band pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Holly Wilson from Omagh withband members Jessica Wilson, Danniella Dougan, Charlie and Dougan from Augharonan Pipe Band pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Jennifer Allison pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Jennifer Allison pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Two years old Isla McKeown pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Two years old Isla McKeown pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Gemma Anthony from Fintona pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Gemma Anthony from Fintona pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Some of the thousands of people who packed the streets of Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Some of the thousands of people who packed the streets of Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Evelyn Porter from Newtown Stewart pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown.

Evelyn Porter from Newtown Stewart pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown.

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

Hester Glenn and her mum Loue Kee pictured  in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Hester Glenn and her mum Loue Kee pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

Beth Stevenson and her mum Judith pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Beth Stevenson and her mum Judith pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Timothy Sproule, Caleb Kerrigan, jake Sproule and William Kerrigan pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Timothy Sproule, Caleb Kerrigan, jake Sproule and William Kerrigan pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Newtownsaville brought their entire lodge to Donemana during the 2019 12th. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12,07.19

Newtownsaville brought their entire lodge to Donemana during the 2019 12th. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12,07.19

Killen Pipe Band bring their mascot to the annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

Killen Pipe Band bring their mascot to the annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

Andrew Dunlop from Castlederg pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Andrew Dunlop from Castlederg pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

Rev. Mervyn Gibson, centre,  who was the keynote speaker at the 12th of July celebration in Donemana. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Rev. Mervyn Gibson, centre, who was the keynote speaker at the 12th of July celebration in Donemana. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

The annual 12th demonstration takes place in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019 Picture Martin McKeown. 12.07.19

Three years old Laughlin Davis from Magheramason pictured in Donemana on the 12th of July 2019. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.19

Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Edward Stevenson confirmed the decision on Monday, following consultation with the Grand Masters of England and Scotland, local County Masters and senior officers.

Grand Masters in England have cancelled their celebrations while events in Scotland have been postponed, Rev Gibson said.

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster described it as a "responsible step".

"By taking such steps now and if everyone adheres to the advice then we can reduce the pressures on our NHS, save lives and ultimately ensure we emerge as strongly as possible from this pandemic.

"There will be a great deal to celebrate when we do finally have the opportunity to meet again."

Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson said it was "the right decision", saying it was great to see organisers of large events following government guidance.

"This more we all abide by the guidance issued, the more we will have an impact on driving this virus back.

"Protecting human life has to be our number one priority," he said.

This year's parades were to centre around 17 venues in Northern Ireland with one in the Republic of Ireland at Rossnowlagh, Co Donegal.

Rev Gibson added: "People are talking about this being in place for maybe six months so there's no point in bringing hundreds of thousands of people onto our streets just to add difficulty."

The former RUC Special Branch member said the Orange Lodge wanted police and emergency services to be able to focus on battling the coronavirus.

He acknowledged that people would be disappointed but said the organisation was exploring other avenues to celebrate the Twelfth online.

"We feel at this point of time our members energy and resources need to be focused in fighting against coronavirus," he said.

"It's not the first time we've done this, it happened during the First World War, it happened during the Spanish Flu epidemic. We're not the only ones who have planned, the police have planned for these occasions, other services have to be planned.

"We're telling them please don't plan for the Twelfth this year, devote your resources along the lines of battling coronavirus," he said.

Speaking directly to young people who organise bonfires in their communities each year, he advised them to use their energy in other ways.

"We would say to them, if you're young and fit and able, volunteer for those groups that are hoping the less fortunate. Those who have to self-isolate, those who can't get out. Deliver shopping, pick up prescriptions, whatever is needed.

"There will be plenty of time after this to celebrate our traditional anniversaries, indeed those who fought at the Boyne gave up their day and fought a particular cause, we're asking people to fight a cause today and that's coronavirus.

"After that, we will celebrate how it was beaten and commemorate those who sadly will not get through this time," he said.

Belfast Telegraph