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Twelfth 2016 Newtownstewart: Rev David Reid fires broadside at Parades Commission

More than 5,000 people took part in yesterday's Twelfth demonstration in Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, in the first time the village had hosted the festival since 2010.

Joining members of Newtownstewart District LOL No 11, were representatives of up to 60 local lodges from neighbouring Omagh, Sixmilecross, Fintona, Killen and Strabane.

It was a special day for the members of Glentimon LOL 386, as the lodge celebrates its 120th anniversary.

On display for the first time at the Twelfth was the banner of Eden Faith Defenders LOL 39, which was recently dedicated.

The main speaker was the Rev David Reid, a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, who branded the Parades Commission "increasingly discredited and dysfunctional with the Loyal Orders". He continued: "This body urgently needs replacement." Rev Reid also said attacks on Orange Halls were "never justified or acceptable".

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