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Over 40 Lodges representing five districts – Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle, Rasharkin and Cloughmills – will take part in the annual demonstration, which was last held in the north Antrim town five years ago.

On the last Saturday in August ‘the toon’ will also host the County Antrim Royal Black Preceptories for their annual parade. The two major parading dates for the Orange and Black Institutions have not coincided in Ballymoney since 1989.

Among the rich variety of music on display to the anticipated large number of spectators, will be the distinctive sight and sound of Lambeg drums, which will accompany up to 30 bands encompassing the accordion, flute and pipe band genres.

The main parade will assemble at the town’s Showgrounds and set off at 1.00pm on the approximate three-mile route through the town centre via Charlotte Street, Main Street, Meeting House Street, Newal Road, Trinity Drive, John Street, Victoria Street, Linen Hall Street, High Street and North Road before returning to the Showgrounds.

The Grand Master of England, Ron Bather will be the principal speaker and a religious service will be led by Bro. Rev. Dr. Paul Reid, Chaplain of Larne District.

Lodges will leave the showgrounds at 4.00pm to make their way home to Orange halls throughout North Antrim.