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PSNI grateful after Apprentice Boys of Derry march passes off peacefully

By Staff Reporter

The PSNI has paid tribute to those who ensured the Apprentice Boys of Derry's annual parade passed off peacefully.

The event celebrating the Relief of Derry is the largest loyal order parade in Northern Ireland, and 40,000 spectators and 140 bands and clubs were expected on Saturday.

Although it had been marred by violence in the past, a ground-breaking initiative involving the loyal orders, businesses, churches and community leaders has ensured the Londonderry event is now seen as a model of parading.

The parade was preceded by the successful Maiden City Festival, with historical reenactments complementing the colourful pageantry.

It takes in Derry's famous walls, and a wreath was laid at the War Memorial in the Diamond.

There were just three arrests for public order offences.

"We want people to respect this parade and we want the people on parade to respect the people who will either be watching it or commenting upon it," said Apprentice Boys governor Jim Brownlees.

Reflecting on the march, Superintendent Mark McEwan said Saturday had seen "another successful Apprentice Boys parade take place in the city".

"The day passed off peacefully, with the only blemish being a stoning attack on a bus in Dungiven in which a woman sustained a considerable facial injury and three other people were also hurt," he said.

"An arrest has been made in relation to the incident, and an investigation is continuing.

"I would like to thank the Apprentice Boys, the business community of Derry, community groups, our partner agencies and the people of the city who worked tirelessly to deliver a successful event."

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