Orange parade peaceful in north Belfast

Orange parade peaceful in north Belfast

An Orange Order parade passed off peacefully in north Belfast on Saturday morning.

The Ligoniel Combine, who were not allowed to return past the Ardoyne shop fronts on 12 July last year, had applied to complete the march but this was refused by the Parades Commission.A total of 140 participants together with two bands applied to take part in Saturday's march, which began at 9am.The procession made its way along Woodvale Road before stopping at the police line at the junction of Woodvale Parade.Those assembled remained there for 20 minutes before dispersing.Another march along the same route happened later on Saturday, with three bands and a larger number of participants having applied to take part.The afternoon protest march has taken place weekly in the area since the original parade ruling last summer.On Wednesday the Orange Order expressed disappointment at the latest Parades Commission's decision, stating this weekend's parade was the "best opportunity" to resolve the issue.


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