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Twelfth will parade traditional route past Primark in Belfast

The Twelfth Parade will follow its traditional route past Primark after the road was reopened following a fire.
The Twelfth Parade will follow its traditional route past Primark after the road was reopened following a fire.

The Twelfth parade in Belfast will follow its traditional route past Primark after the road was reopened following the Bank Buildings fire.

Last August, Primark's flagship store in Northern Ireland at Castle Junction was destroyed by a fire that was later found to be accidental.

The fire at Bank Buildings in Belfast
The fire at Bank Buildings in Belfast

The County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast has now rolled back on a decision made in March to re-route the parade following discussions with Belfast City Centre Management, the PSNI and other bodies.

"Following subsequent conversations with relevant parties, several site visits and a recent parade, which allowed the County to model the practicalities of the 12th July parade passing the Primark rebuilding site; the Belfast County Grand Lodge decided to revert to its traditional route through Belfast City Centre," said a spokesman for the parade organisers.

Instead, bands will be asked to reduce the width of their ranks to make their way past the area, which is currently down to one lane.

"Followers will be advised they will be unable to walk on the Primark side of the road and it is requested spectators avoid standing in the immediate area altogether," said a spokesperson.

In March, it was announced that rather than making their way down Royal Avenue, Orange lodges and bands would instead march from Clifton Street, along Donegall Street, Waring Street, Bridge Street, High Street, Victoria Street and Chichester Street to Belfast City Hall.

Following the annual Act of Remembrance, the large parade would then follow its familiar route to the field at Barnett’s Desmesne.

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