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Louise Bradley and Mulnagore Coronation Accordion Band members in the demonstration field in Coagh.

Louise Bradley and Mulnagore Coronation Accordion Band members in the demonstration field in Coagh.

Twelfthie taken today in Glenarm. Included is Worshipful Master of Broughshane LOL 503 bro Craig Sloan, his father the Chaplin bro David Sloan and other members of the family

Twelfthie taken today in Glenarm. Included is Worshipful Master of Broughshane LOL 503 bro Craig Sloan, his father the Chaplin bro David Sloan and other members of the family

Vic and Jill Donaldson and Pam Currie, waiting for return parade in Portadown, despite a 'little shower'.

Vic and Jill Donaldson and Pam Currie, waiting for return parade in Portadown, despite a 'little shower'.

Joseph Ferguson (10) and Dad Stephen Ferguson in Portadown with Killeen Lodge, Armagh District.

Joseph Ferguson (10) and Dad Stephen Ferguson in Portadown with Killeen Lodge, Armagh District.

Emma and Molly Liggett at Poyntzpass.

Emma and Molly Liggett at Poyntzpass.

Riley (3) Lily (2) getting ready to watch the Twelfth in Newtownstewart Co.Tyrone

Riley (3) Lily (2) getting ready to watch the Twelfth in Newtownstewart Co.Tyrone

Scarlett Munday, aged 2 years from Newtownards.

Scarlett Munday, aged 2 years from Newtownards.

The Beck Family From Kilkeel at their flagship parade with Roden LOL 1943

The Beck Family From Kilkeel at their flagship parade with Roden LOL 1943

Father and daughter Chris (25)  and Alicia (6) enjoying the parades by Belfast City Hall.

Father and daughter Chris (25) and Alicia (6) enjoying the parades by Belfast City Hall.

Jonathan Willis with niece Thea Willis aged 3 from LOL 97 going to Portadown.

Jonathan Willis with niece Thea Willis aged 3 from LOL 97 going to Portadown.

Neil and Laura McKnight with Jenny and Emma Beck at the flagship parade in Kilkeel.

Neil and Laura McKnight with Jenny and Emma Beck at the flagship parade in Kilkeel.

Taylor Crawford aged 8 enjoying the Twelfth with his mum in Portadown

Taylor Crawford aged 8 enjoying the Twelfth with his mum in Portadown

Ulster Unionist councillor Lindsay Millar takes a Twelfthie with TUV councillor Timothy Gaston at the Ballymena demonstration

Ulster Unionist councillor Lindsay Millar takes a Twelfthie with TUV councillor Timothy Gaston at the Ballymena demonstration

Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration

Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration

Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration

Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann taking a Twelfthie at the Ballymena demonstration

Orange Order's Community Education Officer David Scott (left) takes a Twelfthie at the Dromore demonstration

Orange Order's Community Education Officer David Scott (left) takes a Twelfthie at the Dromore demonstration

Willing participant in the Twelfthie selfie craze Finance Minister Arlene Foster

Willing participant in the Twelfthie selfie craze Finance Minister Arlene Foster

Broadcaster Paul Clarke poses for a Twelfthie with a member of Cavanpole LOL 297

Broadcaster Paul Clarke poses for a Twelfthie with a member of Cavanpole LOL 297

Maggie the dog's Twelthie posted by Karen @nerak35

Maggie the dog's Twelthie posted by Karen @nerak35

David Brooks posted a twelfthie all the way from Virginia USA. He said: "Wishing all Orange Order brethren at home a glorious Twelfth/13th with a #Twelfthie from LOL 1105, Virginia, #USA."

David Brooks posted a twelfthie all the way from Virginia USA. He said: "Wishing all Orange Order brethren at home a glorious Twelfth/13th with a #Twelfthie from LOL 1105, Virginia, #USA."

Getting in the spirit of the Twelfthie pic moomin2012 @moomin20121

Getting in the spirit of the Twelfthie pic moomin2012 @moomin20121

Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford

Dorothy Crawford with son Taylor (7) taking a 'Twelfthie' in Lawrencetown : Pic Dorothy Crawford

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Louise Bradley and Mulnagore Coronation Accordion Band members in the demonstration field in Coagh.

The notorious selfie craze has taken on an Orange tinge with scores of brethren and their supporters producing "Twelfthies" on the biggest day in the parading calendar.

The Orange Order's grand master Edward Stevenson led the way with a twinkling smile and brethren at the flagship display in Bessbrook in the background of his photograph.

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However, former Craigavon Mayor Colin McCusker appeared the most prolific Twelfthie taker.

The UUP man started first thing in the morning with a shot of his fry-up, then another of him with his son both suited and wearing their collarettes ready for a day of parading with Lurgan No 6 District. Then there were more Twelfthies in the car as his parade started, balancing a Lambeg drum, arriving at the field, having a well-earned sit down, leaving the field and finishing the parade.

There were more family portraits living out the lyrics of The Sash with DUP Upper Bann MLA Stephen Moutray posing for a Twelfie with his son Phil while the pair paraded together.

Belfast DUP councillor Christopher Stalford's son Oliver may be too young to parade yet, but the pair posed for their own Twelfthie in the capital city. Even Finance Minister Arlene Foster got into the spirit posing for a Twelfthie with two bandsmen as she enjoyed the day in Kesh.

Lagan Valley DUP MLAs Edwin Poots and Paul Givan also posed for a Twelfthie together.

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Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Ann Dobson took it to the next level, getting involved in a Twelfthie with a friend using a selfie stick to help allow more people into the picture.

The Orange Order's education Officer David Scott, who made the call for Twelfthies ahead of the big day, was not found wanting. He posted a Twelfthie in his bass drummer uniform with a friend, joking that he had even made time for one while recruiting.

The pets of brethren did not escape the craze with their owners adorning their dogs and cats in collarettes and flags to celebrate the day.


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