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Grand Master hails 'memorable' Twelfth of July
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Edward Stevenson, has hailed the annual Twelfth of July celebrations as a “day to remember”.

He said: “The 328th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne will be remembered as a perfect day for the extraordinary numbers of people celebrating the largest annual festival in Northern Ireland.

“The favourable weather conditions added to the sense of occasion; as tens of thousands of our members, accompanying bands and spectators revelled in the pageantry and spectacle of the Twelfth at 17 different venues across the Province.

“There was an enhanced international flavour, with many visitors taking part in our parades, and many tourists sampling the carnival atmosphere.

“We were delighted to welcome all those experiencing their first Twelfth, including representatives from our own Government and the Irish Republic; Secretary of State, Karen Bradley, and Tourism Minister, Brendan Griffin; along with many others. The Orange fraternity of Co Armagh were also thrilled to be in the company of former Irish rugby international, Brian O’Driscoll, who excelled himself on the Lambeg drum. Such developments are to be commended and highlight the broad and growing appeal of our cultural traditions.

“I trust everyone involved - participants, supporters, onlookers and traders - had a wonderful day; and we look forward to doing it all over again next year.”

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