© Newtownards District No.4

Newtownards to host Twelfth parade

The news we have been waiting for has been delivered and we are delighted to confirm that orange feet will be back on the streets of Newtownards this 12th July.

The announcement from the Northern Ireland Executive that Coronavirus restrictions were to be eased to allow up to 500 participants at an outdoor event was followed by the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland rescinding its prior direction that no parades should be held before 1st June.

Formally announcing the decision, Grand Master Most Wor. Bro. Edward Stevenson said: “I am delighted that we can confirm there will be Twelfth of July parades this year.

“As an Institution we have had to make great sacrifice over the past 12 months and more, but we are now in a better place and our parades can take place, albeit in a slightly different format to a normal year.”

The current regulations are such that the traditional County or combined District Twelfth parades are not possible. Instead, it has been agreed that localised Twelfth parades will be held in accordance with the regulations in effect at that time.

This means that a Twelfth parade featuring lodges and bands from within our District will take place in Newtownards, with other local parades held elsewhere throughout the country.

A modified Somme parade and service of remembrance will also be organised by the District on 1st July.

Further details on both parades will be announced in due course.