Tercentenary Twelfth

Tercentenary Twelfth

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Ballymena, Ballymoney, Belfast, kilkeel, Limavady, Newtownhamilton, Rossnowlagh, Stewartstown




Transmission 12/07/1990


23min 14sec




1 inch



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Celebrating the tercentenary [three-hundredth anniversary] of the Twelfth of July, across the various counties of Northern Ireland. 

Paul Clark reports from Belfast to mark this special anniversary. The programme begins with a remembrance of those who have died during the two World Wars and those killed during The Troubles.

Those of a Northern Irish lineage often travel from far and wide to take part in the Twelfth celebrations. This year is no exception, with the flags of those countries in which the Orange Order is active being carried in the parade - including Canada, America, England, Scotland, New Zealand and Togo, in West Africa. 

There are 10 Belfast district lodges and, for 30 years, they have rotated on who leads the parade annually. Around 20,000 people will march, with it taking two and half hours to pass any given point. The banners carried include biblical references, scenes from the World Wars - particularly the Battle of The Somme - King Billy [William of Orange] and heavy Industrial imagery, notably Harland & Wolff. This year is particularly special, with the Ulster Volunteers of district two marching with a float model of the Mountjoy - the ship that played a pivotal role in ending the siege of Derry. Aflie Hennessey, from the lodge, speaks of his shock when seeing just how to scale the boat was and the worries of getting it into the parade. 

Jeanie Johnston reports from Newtownhamilton, Co. Armagh, the place where the Orange Order was founded. She comments on the harmony of the communities in the area, which allows for a peaceful procession with security forces a discreet presence. Other locations include; Limavady, Ballymena, Stewartstown, Kilkeel, Manorcunningham (Donegal) and Ballymoney. 


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