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THE TWELFTH 2007 - HOLYWOOD

The Grand Master, Robert Saulters addresses brethren in Holywood

Orangemen and women, band members, spectators and traders combined to make up several thousand participants in Holywood for 12th July celebrations involving the North Down Districts of Newtownards, Bangor, Holywood and Upper Ards.

Holywood was one of 18 venues across Northern Ireland to play host to a major demonstration as the Orange Institution marked the 317th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.

Marchers spent an hour making their way to the demonstration field at Ballymenoch Park, a near quagmire following a morning's rainfall. The spirit of the participants was not dampened however and the parade enjoyed one of its healthiest turn-outs of recent years.

The parade was headed by the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, Most Wor. Bro. Robert Saulters, parading with the North Down lodges for the first time. He was the keynote speaker at the official platform proceedings, which, as ever, heard resolutions proposed on Faith, Loyalty and The State.

The day had begun some hours earlier at various locations across the country, with most lodges gathering for breakfast at the home of their Worshipful Master before setting off. There were some 600 feeder parades in towns and villages, including several in Newtownards.

Even the muddy conditions did not deter the crowds in Holywood

The day ended for the Newtownards brethren in Conway Square, where the District Master presented trophies for the best bands on parade. Top prize again went to the Newtownards Melody Flute Band, while Newtownards Protestant Boys were voted Best Blood & Thunder.

District officers lead the way the banner of the Junior Lodge
LOL 240 are led by the traditional lambeg drums
LOL 481 led by their standard bearers LOL 111 never disappoint the crowds
Seldom mentioned, the Orange-women were on parade as well Newtownards Protestant Boys led LOL 1908
Drummers set the pace for the CLB band
Newtownards Melody Flute Band a member of the visiting
Prince of Wales band
the ranks of LOL 481 LOL 1363 on parade
Sons of Ulster Flute Band, Newtownards
the Orange training ground - carrying the banner strings Loughries LOL 1948
Bro McKeown bears a sword of LOL 1908 the parades assembles on Bangor Road