Twelfth of July parades to be more 'localised'

The annual ‘Twelfth’ parades will be going ahead this year but it will be more localised rather than the traditional large scale demonstration.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 10:12 am
Updated Thursday, 17th June 2021, 10:14 am

The parades were cancelled last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland confirmed a return to parading this July after discussions with the Health Minister Robin Swann and officials.

Cookstown District LOL No 3 has announced that it will meet on the Oldtown before moving off at 12.30 on July 12.

The parade route will be Lissan Road, Princess Ave, Morgan’s Hill Rd, Oldtown street, William Stree, James Street, Loy Street, Chapel Street, Church Street, Stewart Avenue, Cooke Crescent, Killymoon Road, Killymoon Street and then turning at the traffic lights before parading back to the Moneymore Road corner.

On the march at the last Twelfth of July parade in Cookstown.
On the march at the last Twelfth of July parade in Cookstown.

There will also be Lambeg drumming around the Cenotaph from 11.30am.

The annual church parade in Cookstown will take place on July 11, moving off from the Moneymore corner at 2.30pm going to Molesworth and 1st Cookstown Presbyterian churches for 3pm services, return to Moneymore corner following the church services. Montober and Drumnaglough Flute bands will lead the parade.

All lodges will be accompanied by their bands and will be following the Covid regulations at that time. Cookstown District are appealing to the general public to adhere to all Covid rules.

In Magherafelt District, there are a number of parades taking part on the Twelfth, the largest of which are at Maghera, Ballyronan and Desertmartin.

The Maghera parade starts at 12 noon from Mullagh Road; Desertmartin, 10.15am from the Orange Hall, and Ballyronan 11.30am from Shore Road.

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