Belfast Telegraph

Sun comes out for 30,000-strong crowd on the banks of the Bann

By Donna Deeney

Tourists visiting the north coast and the seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart were among the estimated 30,000-strong crowd who turned out to watch the Twelfth parade in Coleraine.

This was the first time in four years the main north west Orange celebrations were held in the town, and this time around the host district was Macosquin, while the honour of leading the parade fell to Limavady District.

A total of 60 Lodges accompanied by 50 pipe, accordion and flute bands from Coleraine and Limavady boroughs as well as a number of bands and lodges from Co Donegal took almost an hour to pass any one spot.

There was a distinct family feel to the parade and the large crowds which lined the route right from the assembly point of Union Street, via Railway Road, Kingsgate Street, Long Common, Beresford Road, Blindgate Street, Dunmore Street, New Row and Church Street

Banners were lowered as the parade passed the Diamond and the war memorial before proceeding to Queen’s Street, Circular Road, the Old Bridge, Waterside, Castlerock Road and King's Road.

It then entered the field at Carthall Road for a religious service by Rev John Noble and Rev Keith McIntyre, the chaplain of Macosquin District, who gave the address.

It seemed everyone was bedecked in the colours of the Union flag.

Deputy county grand master Samuel Calvin welcomed the huge turnout, saying: “Coleraine always attracts a good turnout of people for the Twelfth and this year is no different, helped today, of course, by the beautiful weather and we give thanks to Almighty God for it. He always looks down upon us.”

Limavady District No 6 led the 60 lodges and 50 bands, which district master James McCorkell described as “a great honour”.

Also from the Limavady area, Largy Flute Band was celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Band master James McClelland said: “There are a few instances where we have three generations of the one family all playing in the band, including my own family.”

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