Belfast Telegraph

Marchers take Lundy parade in their step

By Staff Reporters

Thousands of Apprentice Boys and bandsmen descended on Londonderry for the traditional Lundy's Day parade through the city.

About 2,000 marchers and more than 20 bands took part in the annual Apprentice Boys commemoration on Saturday.

Earlier they paraded from the Memorial Hall to the Diamond, before attending a service in St Columb's Cathedral which was led by Dean of Derry, the Very Rev William Morton.

Later, an effigy of Lundy — the governor during the siege of Derry — was burned on Bishop Street.

Robert Lundy, who was a governor of the city, advocated surrendering to the advancing troops of James II in 1689.

Ahead of Saturday’s event, Governor of the Apprentice Boys Jim Brownlee said all Apprentice Boys were warned not to react to any provocation.

“There has been a great improvement over the past 10 years and we have warned our members to behave in a dignified manner and certainly anyone found in violation of this will be dealt with,” he said.

“This weekend's parade is not about confrontation, it is about commemoration.”

A number of people staged a conscientious objection at the event with their backs turned as the procession made its way through the Diamond.

One person was arrested for disorderly behaviour.

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