Video: Royal Black ‘last Saturday’ return parade

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Hundreds of people lined the streets of Ballyclare on Saturday afternoon for the Royal Black Institution’s Co Antrim demonstration return parade.

Following their parade through the town earlier in the day, members from the districts of Ballyclare, Larne, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Antrim, and Lisburn gathered at Sixmilewater Park for a service of worship conducted by Rev Ian McClean and speeches from various speakers, including Sovereign Grand Master, Millar Farr.

Thousands of Sir Knights from 79 preceptories, accompanied by more than 70 bands, then left the field shortly after 4.30pm for their return parade.

Marchers made their way along Avondale Drive and through the Ollardale estate before turning onto Doagh Road and back into the town centre.

Although there was some traffic disruption around the town on Saturday afternoon, police said the event had passed off without major incident and confirmed that there were no arrests.

The ‘last Saturday’ demonstration was last held in Ballyclare in 2008.

• See more coverage in this week’s Times (September 4 edition)


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