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The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

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The Apprentice Boys of Derry parade on Saturday

This year's Apprentice Boys parade was a shining example of how marches in Northern Ireland can he held peacefully, the PSNI has said.

Up to 20,000 people and 145 bands took part in Saturday's annual celebration in Londonderry.

Participants and spectators came from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Canada and Australia to mark the 329th anniversary of the Relief of Derry.

The day started with a parade around Derry's Walls and a wreath-laying ceremony at the cenotaph.

At noon a pageant featuring firing guns marked the start of a three-hour parade across Craigavon Bridge and around the city.

Tourists joined locals who had lined the route from the bridge up to the Diamond with deckchairs.

PSNI chief inspector Johnny Hunter praised those who worked behind the scenes to make the day run smoothly.

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He said: "Derry/Londonderry is an example 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, and solving issues so that everyone can have their day."


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