Thousands at Apprentice Boys parades

Published Saturday, 09 August 2014
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Tens of thousands of people have attended the main Apprentice Boys parade, which has passed off peacefully in Londonderry.

Events to commemorate the Siege of Derry began on Saturday morning, with the largest parade getting underway at around lunchtime.

Around 15,000 marchers and some 150 bands from across the UK walked through the old walled city and across the Foyle to the Waterside.

The event has been incident-free in recent years and that once again proved to be the case with police making no arrests on Saturday.

Apprentice Boys governor Jim Brownlee said cross-community engagement has made the march an event to be enjoyed by all.

He continued: "We always seek to have a good parade and we do a lot of work behind the scenes, a lot of outreach work by the association.

"This is a community day out."

The annual parade is always a major security event for the PSNI with several hundred officers on duty and dozens more adopting a low-key role on the parade route.

However officers were confident the day would pass off peacefully and encouraged people to come out to Londonderry and have a good time.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin, praised the cross-community engagement that has once again made a peaceful parade possible.

He said: "I'm very pleased. It has been a really good day for the city, good day for policing in the city, no arrests and I don't remember when we've had that position."

The hope is that how parades are handled in Londonderry can help other parts of Northern Ireland overcome their parading difficulties.

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Einstein in Belfast wrote (169 days ago):
Voice in Ireland wrote (3 days ago): One day they might get qualified .....(wouldn't bet on it,..... if 'life's too short's comment is anything to go by- "The people who have a problem with the loyal orders parades must have found something else to do today.Live and let live" Hmm, yes - i think you'll find that it's the loyal orders who don't deem to have a problem with local residents, up in Derry.
Observer in Online wrote (170 days ago):
Peter in Derry - indeed and first UK city of culture as well :) Well done ABOD and people of Derry/Londonderry.
Joe in Co Down wrote (170 days ago):
You see its about celebrating the past in a quiet civil way not trying to dominate and antogonise the other side .
Paul Baxter in Dromore Co. Down wrote (171 days ago):
Its great to have understanding and respect. The whole community should be proud. This is part of history. Long may it continue. In years gone by Lambegs drums have been lent by the Orange Order and used on 15 August AOH.
Martin in Carrick wrote (171 days ago):
This is how it should be done. The OO, those who take part in parades and the protesters could learn a lot from this.
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