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City ‘Twelfth’ to host 70 bands

Seventy bands are expected to take part in this year’s Twelfth parade in Belfast.

The parade will leave Belfast Orange Hall, at Carlisle Circus, at 10am on Monday.

The Miller Memorial Flute band will lead the parade as it makes its way along Clifton Street, Donegall Street, Royal Avenue, Castle Junction, Donegall Place to City Hall.

After the wreath laying ceremony the parade will proceed via Donegall Square West, Bedford Street, Dublin Road, Shaftsbury Square, Bradbury Place, Lisburn Road, Balmoral Avenue and Malone Road to Barnetts Demesne.

A service of thanksgiving, starting at 2.30pm, will be conducted by Rev.Dr.Victor Ryan, Imperial and Grand Chaplain. The address and resolution on faith will be given by Rev.Mervyn Gibson, Deputy Grand Chaplain.

The resolutions on loyalty and state will be presented by Thomas Haire, County Grand Master and the guest speaker will be Councillor William Humphrey. The return parade will begin at 4.15pm.

Meanwhile, the Fire & Rescue Service is appealing to the public to follow its safety advice when building or attending bonfires.

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Peter Craig, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) said: “The 11th July is always one of the busiest nights of the year for NIFRS. Last year fire crews across Northern Ireland attended 115 bonfire related incidents on the 11th and 12th July. Twenty-four of these incidents were to bonfires which were out of control and required a NIFRS response. If bonfires are not built as safely as they possibly can be and properly supervised they can easily get out of control endangering both life and property.”

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