Whiterock parade passes off peacefully

Published Saturday, 28 June 2014
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Police have said an Orange Order parade passed off "without significant incident" in west Belfast on Saturday afternoon.

Whiterock parade passes off peacefully
Orangemen taking part in a parade in west Belfast on Saturday. (© Kevin Scott)

There was a large police presence in the area as the march made its way along the Springfield Road.

Seventeen bands and 850 participants took part in the procession according to police.

A nationalist residents' group, which objects to the marchers passing through the area, held a protest as the parade went by.

PSNI A District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw commented: "Whilst a significant policing operation was in place to ensure the event passed off peacefully I want to commend and thank those involved with the parade and those involved in protest for their efforts in ensuring the day was a success.

"Police are investigating one minor incident when a member of the public attempted to walk through the procession on the Springfield Road, however this did not detract from the good work by all involved in managing the events of the day.

"Looking forward, I continue to encourage those with influence and responsibility in any future parades and protests to work together with the police to ensure that the end result is as positive and peaceful as we have witnessed over recent weeks."

© UTV News
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25 Comments
M in Belfast wrote (30 days ago):
Stevie b, what about those people who dont want the parade but have no choice to be near it - because they live there? Your right , simple.
NYC in NYC wrote (30 days ago):
@stevie b We do it in style!!!
stevie b in belfast wrote (30 days ago):
joe a parade is a parade weither its 1 or 800 and in my opinion if your gonna find it offensive dont go near it, quite simple really !!
jim in belfast wrote (30 days ago):
you see it can be done...Orange parade passes peacefully...what do we learn from this.....RESPECT EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE WHO IT EFFECTS
Joe in Co Down wrote (30 days ago):
@Steve I Dont mind an OO parade like St Patricks day parade in NYC but they would never allow 800 parades in NYC in one year.
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