Sons of William
George VI Memorial
A District of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland
THE TWELFTH 2010 - NEWTOWNARDS
Newtownards basked in sunshine as thousands of participants and spectators brought the colour of The Twelfth back to the town on Monday past.
The local District lodge welcomed the traditional visitors from Bangor, Holywood and the Ards peninsula as well as those from mainland Britain to celebrate the 320th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne. The town was hosting its first 12th demonstration in five years and a better day could not have been provided.
The streets were packed with expectant crowds from early morning, waiting for the main demonstration to begin at noon. The parade was headed by four horses, symbolising the white horse of King William III and behind them followed several dozen lodges and bands.
The march to the field at Londonderry Park was just over an hour, and once there, the marchers were free to take the time to rest or browse the collection of stalls. The religious basis of the parade was in evidence too as officers from the four Districts in attendance took part in the usual platform proceedings. Guest speaker there was Bro Nelson McCausland, MLA, while the newly-elected MP for Strangford, Jim Shannon was also part of the parade.
The day had begun early for many, with the traditional breakfast at the home of each Worshipful Master. Gradually the lodges converged on Mary Street, the hub of the parade, and fell in behind lead lodge King George VI Memorial LOL 1973.
As the afternoon drew on and the visiting Districts broke off to begin the journey back to their towns and villages, the Newtownards lodges finished their day in Conway Square, satisfied that it had been yet another Glorious Twelfth.