Northern Ireland

Apprentice Boys' Derry parade to commemorate siege

Saturday's parades will culminate with the burning of a large effigy of siege-era governor, Robert Lunday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Saturday's parades will culminate with the burning of a large effigy of siege-era governor, Robert Lunday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin Saturday's parades will culminate with the burning of a large effigy of siege-era governor, Robert Lunday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

Approximately 1,500 members of the Apprentice Boys are to take part in the annual `Shutting of the Gates' parade through Derry on Saturday.

The march, commemorating the start of the Siege of Derry in 1689, is one of two major parades staged by the Apprentice Boys in teh city annually.

Te parade used to take place later in the month. However, following negotiations with traders and other groups, the Apprentice Boys agreed to move it to the start of December to facilitate Christmas trade. The parade culminates with the burning of a huge effigy of siege-era governor of Derry, Robert Lundy at Bishop Street.

Apprentice Boys’ general secretary, Billy Moore said the loyal order was expecting Saturday’s parade to pass off without incident.

“I think everyone accepts the right of the Apprentice Boys to celebrate their culture and traditions in the city. After all, it’s where the siege occurred,” Mr Moore said.

Around 1,500 Apprentice Boys accompanied by 22 bands are expected to take part.

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