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Belfast Twelfth march re-routed because of Primark fire

by claire mcneilly

THOUSANDS of Orange Order members will be rerouted during this year's Twelfth of July parade in Belfast due to restrictions caused by the Primark fire, it has emerged.

The County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast made the decision following discussions with Belfast City Centre Management, the PSNI and other bodies, and members are understood to be content with the new arrangements.

Primark's historic Bank Buildings store at Castle Junction - which has been in the heart of Belfast since 1787 - was gutted by a major blaze almost eight months ago, when more than 100 firefighters were called upon to battle the fire for over six hours.

The inferno, which burned for three days, was a major blow to the city centre, badly hitting businesses, and it was described as the biggest crisis the city has faced since the Troubles.

A number of retailers who were forced to close have since reopened and a partially covered walkway has helped bring shoppers back.

The cause of the August 28 fire, which ripped through the five-storey outlet, has yet to be made public and the investigation is ongoing.

In terms of shifting the safety cordon, the next milestone will be the end of this month when the footpath from the corner of Zara on Donegall Place to the corner of Fountain Street, where City Picnic is, will reopen.

Redevelopment work is currently ongoing at the site, which has placed restrictions on pedestrians - meaning a change of plans to this year's Twelfth parade.

Rather than walking the traditional route along Royal Avenue, Orange lodges and bands will proceed 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 will then follow its familiar route to the field at Barnett's Demesne.

Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. Marlene and Kyle Drummond pictured as the parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. Sophia Williams pictured as the parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. Hubert Scullion and Ian McClean pictured as the parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 12-07-2018: Twelfth of July parades take place across Northern Ireland. Tens of thousands are expected to attend the events marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. William III - the Dutch-born Protestant better known as William of Orange or King Billy - defeated the Catholic King James II in County Meath in July 1690. The parade passes through Ballymena town. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

A spokesman said the alternative route will be for one year only.

"We are advertising this amended 2019 route early so our faithful supporters who line Royal Avenue and Donegall Place can plan an alternative viewing spot to enjoy the parade," he said.

"This change is made due to the extraordinary circumstances brought about by the Primark fire and we look forward to returning to our traditional Royal Avenue route in 2020."

Brent Crawford enjoys his day during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Brent Crawford enjoys his day during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Kathleen Hynds from Ballykelly pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Peter Watson, Johnny Armstrong, Adam Rankin, Mark Graham and Steven Spence from the Invisable True Blues, Coleraine, pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Darrell Barr from Canada and David Allen pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Ernest McCay and Jack McGarrigle pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Members of Curryfree LOL 1060, pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
David Lindsay, Ivan Montgomery and Alan Lindsay pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Wavimg to a friend in the crowd as a member of the Loyal Orders makes his way across the Craigavon Bridge during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Members of Dungiven LOL 2036 pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Brent Crawford enjoys his day during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
The Hamilton Flute Band pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
David Brewster pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Members of the Ballyquin Flute Band cross the Craigavon Bridge during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Members of the Orange Order cross the Craigavon Bridge during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Members of the Orange Order cross the Craigavon Bridge during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Cousins Leah Campbell, Marie Woods, jack Campbell and Kayla Woods from Coleraine pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Chloe Neely, left and her niece Samara Neely pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
William Wray pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
William Moore, Robin Irwin and Sam Hunter from Limavady pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Sammi and Billie Wray with Hannah Smallwoods pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
William Callaghan, Ben Callaghan and Tommy Baxter pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Dean Irwin, Ryan Irwin, Dessie Bell, Andy Craig, Gareth Mc Roberts and Mark Irwin from Coleraine pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Mal Ritchie and Derek Borland pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
City Grand Master Maurice Devenney with Norman Boyd, Michael Thomas from Canada, Grand Secretary Ontario West and James Hetherington pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Bro. Maurice Devenny, City Grandmaster, right with from left Donald Eakin, Iain McNie, Tom Kelly from Yorkshire and Graham Watton, pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Alderman Maurice Devenny, City Grandmaster, pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Rev Mervyn Lindsay; Deputy City Grand Chaplain with David McKeegan pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Alan Moore, Jim Armstrong, Robert Starrett and Edwin Robinson pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Derek Hood from Tullintrain and Melvyn Nixon fromn Kldoag pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Mark Doherty, Adrian Eakin, Brad Campbell, Ivan South, Graeme Reilly, Samuel Reilly ,Wesley Haslett, pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18
Donna Best, Kay Miller, Ann McElwee, James McElwee, Diane Hamilton, Gladys McIlhatton and Natlay witherow pictured during the Twelfth demonstration in Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 12.07.18

As part of the new arrangements, West Belfast No 9 District and Ballynafeigh No 10 District will join the parade at the junction of Royal Avenue/Donegall Street. Ballymacarrett No 6 District will join the main procession at the junction of Ann Street/Victoria Street.

Another change has been made to the homeward parade, which will travel along Great Victoria Street, Wellington Place, and through the city centre, following the same earlier route back towards Clifton Street.

The change has been made to address crowd congestion at Sandy Row and Shaftesbury Square.

This change will be kept under review.

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