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Derry an example of parading success, says PSNI as thousands take part in Apprentice Boys march

Police said the example of Derry could be a solution to parading issues across Northern Ireland after Saturday's Apprentice Boys march through the city.

More than 140 bands took part in the annual Relief of Derry commemorations, which included a pageant at Craigavon Bridge with thousands of spectators.

It was expected 10,000 would take part in the parade with many more thousands lining the streets in one of Northern Ireland's biggest parades.

The parade marched the city walls before a wreath laying ceremony in the Diamond ahead of the main parade. 

The event is held on the second Saturday in August and commemorates the ending of the 105-day siege of the city in August 1689.

Temporary Chief Inspector Johnny Hunter hailed the successful peaceful outcome of the parade. 

He said: "Derry/Londondery is an example throughout the province to how problems around parading in the past have been overcome through working together, various parties talking to each other, the police working collaboratively with our partners, but really problem solving issues so that everyone can have their day."

The return parade marched through the city at 5pm.

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