Belfast Telegraph

‘It’s about the Battles not the Bottle’ - Revellers urged to leave alcohol behind at Twelfth celebrations

Orange Order members march past Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road in Belfast as part of the 'Twelfth of July' celebrations. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Orange Order members march past Ardoyne shops on the Crumlin Road in Belfast as part of the 'Twelfth of July' celebrations. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Orange Order are encourage people to leave the bottle behind at this year's annual Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast and focus on what's important.

Belfast Orangefest has launched its latest campaign to encourage responsible and respectful behaviour around the Twelfth of July celebrations in the capital city.

Lauren and Arthur Speer from Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Lauren and Arthur Speer from Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 . Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Norma Craig from Carnlough Flute Band on her 40th Twelfth parade in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 George Davis on his white horse "Bailey" in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Nelson McCausland on parade in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Joshua Smyth gets ready to parade in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cairnalbana Band in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Katie, Andrew, Billy, and Lily Reid with Charlotte Kerr in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Parading in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Aaron Roston pictured in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 On parade in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Crowds fill the streets in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Lambegs in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 LOL 532 on parade in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
BROUGHSHANE McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Orangemen in Broughshane. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Check out pictures from last year's marches: Belfast - Annalong - Beragh - Cloughmills - Ballymena - Cookstown - Lisbellaw- Hillsborough Bangor - Kilrea - Ballynahinch - Coleraine - Cullybackey - Clogher Richhill - Newtownabbey - Broughshane - Banbridge Ardoyne

The initiative seeks to build on recent success in reducing the public consumption of alcohol and encouraging moderation. Posters promoting the ‘It’s about the Battles not the Bottle’ campaign are set to appear appear on buses and various billboards across Belfast in the run up to next month’s Twelfth.

Given the Armistice centenary later this year, the 2018 campaign aims to highlight the various battles during the First World War, in which over 200,000 Orangemen served across the world. They include the Somme, Gallipoli, Loos, Jutland, Vimy, Messines and Ypres.

Grand Master of the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast, Spencer Beattie, said the group hoped to build on the progress of previous years celebrations.

“This is the third consecutive year of our alcohol awareness campaign which has been well received by those attending our annual Twelfth demonstration, and wider society. We look forward to building further on such notable progress," he said.

“Our key message again to those enjoying the festivities is, if drinking, do so in moderation. Given the theme of this year’s campaign, it is important to remember as well as celebrating we are also commemorating.”

Mr Beattie added: “We want everyone to enjoy the Twelfth, both those parading and spectating. I would ask everyone to remember it’s about the Battles not the Bottle.”

CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Grace Connaughty, Natasha Anderson and Josh Alexander at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Grace Connaughty, Natasha Anderson and Josh Alexander at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Anna Park from Ahoghill at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Emma and Georgia Marks at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 A young drummer from Cullybackey Flute Band at the 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 DM LOL 521 plays the fife at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Anna Park from Ahoghill at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Colin Balmer at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Anna Park from Ahoghill at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Grace Connaughty, Natasha Anderson and Josh Alexander at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
CULLYBACKEY McAuley Multimedia 12/07/17 Emma and Georgia Marks at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
Anna Park from Ahoghill at the Cullybackey 12th of July celebrations. Pic Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph