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Apprentice Boys of Derry: Thousands descend for march to mark siege of city

The largest loyal order parade held in Northern Ireland has taken place in Londonderry.

Tens of thousands of marchers and spectators are in Londonderry as the Apprentice Boys of Derry commemorate the conclusion of the famous siege of the city, which took place over 105 days between 1688 and 1689.

The event had political and historical ramifications not just for Britain and Ireland, but it also affected the course of wider European history.

The parade is the climax to the two-week Maiden City Festival. Visitors have seen a series of events including live music, Highland dance exhibitions and competitions, visual arts and historical talks.

Throughout the festival actors brought to life the story of the siege upon the very walls were the dramatic events unfolded almost 330 years ago.

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