Belfast Telegraph

Thousands line Bangor streets for Royal Black celebrations

By Angela Rainey

Thousands of spectators lined the streets yesterday to see the bands of the Royal Black Institution parade through Bangor.

In the annual July 13 event crowds of young and old celebrated the march as it proceeded through the Co Down resort.

Starting at Castle Park Avenue at 11.30am the procession snaked its way through the town amid cheers and applause before heading down Dufferin Avenue to Gryss Hill and finishing on Hamilton Road.

Bands representing a total of 15 preceptories from across Northern Ireland and Scotland gathered for the musical pageantry that marked King William's victory at the Battle of the Boyne.

Lurgan District No 2 impressed as recitals of hymns such as Abide With Me were sounded.

The Royal Black Institution was formed two years after the founding of the Orange Order in Daniel Winter's cottage in Loughgall, Co Armagh, in 1797.

Its ethos is based on Christian principles and Biblical scriptures.

To join, members must already be in an Orange Lodge and are strongly encouraged "to have a personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and trust fully in the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary as a once and for all sacrifice for our salvation".

Each year it sets out three annual guidelines.

The 2016 "constitutional resolutions" encompassed loyalty to the Queen, adherence to the Christian faith, and for the commemoration of the fallen at the Battle of the Somme.

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