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Twelfth 2016 Donaghadee: English and Scottish brethren welcomed

More than 50 Northern Ireland lodges took part in the Twelfth parade that was held in Donaghadee, joined by a large number of Orangemen from England and Scotland.

Thousands of people turned out in an area incredibly rich in Orange history.

The Duke of Schomberg - King William's second-in-command - along with his army arrived in nearby Groomsport to pave the way for King William III to cross the sea from England ahead of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

The north Down parade on the peninsula coastline was headed by Upper Ards District, followed by Newtownards, Holywood and Bangor Districts.

Hosting this year's procession were members the of locally based Henry Ferguson Memorial LOL 836.

To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the parade was led by re-enactors dressed in period World War One uniforms.

The guest speaker for the proceedings was David Scott, Services and Outreach Manager with the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

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