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Diluted Orange, but full flavour will return to the Twelfth next year

Mark Bain


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Fred Cooper (92) watches on as the Loughgall Twelfth of July demonstration takes place in Armagh. Photo: Kevin Scott

Fred Cooper (92) watches on as the Loughgall Twelfth of July demonstration takes place in Armagh. Photo: Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Fred Cooper (92) watches on as the Loughgall Twelfth of July demonstration takes place in Armagh. Photo: Kevin Scott

In towns and villages across Northern Ireland the scenes were similar as Orangemen stayed local to celebrate the 331st anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.

It was a Twelfth of sorts fractured, dispersed, almost symbolic of unionism as it stands. The date was the same, though not quite the occasion as we know it. As organisation of the events took place while Covid restrictions were in place, it was never going to be.


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