Tour of the North passes without incident

Published Friday, 20 June 2014
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The contentious Tour of the North parade has taken place without incident in Belfast.

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On Friday night, residents groups protested along parts of the route, which included St Patrick's Catholic Church on Donegall Street, north Belfast where trouble had flared during Orange Order parades in the past.

For this year's Tour of the North, the Parades Commission had ruled only a single drum beat could be played past the chapel. A protest was staged in the Donegall Street/Carrick Hill area, while another residents protest was held at the junction of Duncairn Gardens/North Queen Street.

A spokesman for the Orange Order told UTV that they were pleased that both the protests and parade passed off peacefully.

There was a significant police operation on the streets, but PSNI officers kept their presence fairly low key.

The PSNI has welcomed the peaceful outcome, commending the work carried on all sides in the lead up to the parade.

Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said that he was "encouraged by the dignified and responsible way" both those involved in the parade and the associated protests behaved.

He added that he appreciated the efforts of all those involved in ensuring this was the case.

"As we move forward I would encourage everyone to work together to ensure that the remainder of the summer is peaceful and that local communities are not disrupted with the violence witnessed in recent years," the A District Commander added.

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5 Comments
me in Downpatrick wrote (36 days ago):
Always going to be someone who likes a whinge. Cant please everyone! !!!
bobby in belfast wrote (38 days ago):
how come you can sing hymns inside a chapel but hymns cant be played outside it
Ron in Belfast wrote (38 days ago):
No reason it should not be peaceful!certain people who want to create trouble on both sides should be kept away or jailed!
John in Belfast wrote (39 days ago):
Why don't the Orange Order sing hymns while walking past the church? I thought the Orange Order are a Christian organisation? This means both parties have nothing to protest about. It means we can get rid of the parades commission and then the Orange Order can walk to the services in peace.
pr in co down wrote (39 days ago):
and does that include the motorists who,like me,venture to our so calked "great city" once in a blue moon due to nonsense in that city and end up stuck on westlink for 35mins while they delay peoples plans and psni or road signs can warn people of what is ahead until you find out yourself when faced with drunken youths and awful excuse for music.A DISGRACE
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