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Ulster's Chosen Few
LOL 111

Apprentice Boys
LOL 128

Rising Sons of William
LOL 240

Temple of Loyalty
LOL 481

LOL 1054

Greenwell Street
LOL 1363

LOL 1501

Mill Street Heroes
LOL 1908

Scarlet Crown
LOL 1919

Loughries True Blues
LOL 1948

LOL 1952

King George VI Memorial
LOL 1973

Junior Boys
LOL 131

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the colours of Newtownards Volunteer Flute LOL 128 on the march home
Sandy Road Flue Band members of the Protestant Boys

the ranks of LOL 1363

one member wearing a traditional sash

the banner of lead lodge LOL 1973

LOL 111 show their support for the Help for Heroes charity the banner of LOL 240
English visitors Medway Martyrs The Newtownards Ex-Servicemen's lodge a piper from Dr Wright's Memorial band
Simon Bryan carries the County Standard The colour party of LOL 481

a well-turned out drum major the Prince of Wales Accordion Band

drummers from the Newtownards Melody Flute Band
the traditional drums were there a flautist from the CLB

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.