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Twelfth festivities must now be put on the back-burner

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Mr Pankhurst, who was unable to hug his parents or his grandfather when his grandmother died six weeks ago, or enter the crematorium, has warned loyalists that they should not measure their actions by the standards of others. Credit: Dale Pankhurst

Mr Pankhurst, who was unable to hug his parents or his grandfather when his grandmother died six weeks ago, or enter the crematorium, has warned loyalists that they should not measure their actions by the standards of others. Credit: Dale Pankhurst

Mr Pankhurst, who was unable to hug his parents or his grandfather when his grandmother died six weeks ago, or enter the crematorium, has warned loyalists that they should not measure their actions by the standards of others. Credit: Dale Pankhurst

As we approach the Twelfth which normally has been the focal point of the marching season, there is a timely plea from the DUP councillor Dale Pankhurst about social distancing.

He has urged loyalists across Northern Ireland to cancel any planned bonfires, large parades and other social gatherings to keep the coronavirus in control and to avoid any build-up to a possible second wave of the deadly disease.

Some months ago the Orange Order leaders announced that they would not sanction the usual large parade of lodges throughout the province in the run-up to the Twelfth or shortly afterwards, while the whole question of bonfires was left to the local groups who organise these annual, and controversial, events.