03 December 2005

Appeal for peaceful Lundy's Day


The parade is an annual event

The police in Derry have appealed for a peaceful Apprentice Boys parade to mark Lundy's Day on Saturday.

Originally, 3,500 marchers, including 25 bands, were due to take part in the parade, but numbers may be affected due to George Best's funeral in Belfast.

The parade marks the 316th anniversary of the shutting of Derry's gates by 13 young apprentices against the forces of the Catholic King James II in 1688.

Bandsman will march in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, before heading to Derry.

The PSNI said they intended to police the Derry event in a way which would enable city life to continue as normally as possible.

Police said they would seize drink and said anyone displaying illegal emblems would have them confiscated and could face prosecution.

Traffic restrictions will be in operation but the bottom deck of Craigavon Bridge in Londonderry will remain open.


The Parades Commission has placed conditions on the parade by the Ligoniel Walkers Club in north Belfast.

No music other than a single drumbeat is to be played between the junction of Crumlin Road and Hesketh Road and the junction of Woodvale Parade and Woodvale Road.

The parade must have passed the junction of the Crumlin Road and the Woodvale Road by 0815 GMT.

Earlier this week, Belfast Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers suggested the parade should be postponed as a mark of respect to George Best's family on the day of his funeral.

However, DUP assembly member William Hay said it would not be possible due to the large numbers of people who were coming to Derry from England, Scotland and Wales.

Colonel Robert Lundy is reviled by loyalists as a traitor.

He was governor of Derry when the city came under siege from King James' army and his notoriety stems from his efforts to persuade the defenders to surrender.

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