More than 300 Orange Order brethren and bandsmen took part in Glengormley’s annual Mini Twelfth parade on Tuesday evening (June 25).
The parade, accompanied by a large crowd of supporters, made its way along the Ballyclare Road into the town centre where it paused for the official opening of the Orange arch, which was performed by Co Antrim County Grand Secretary, Bro. Billy Thompson.
Brethren from the five district lodges and Orangemen from visiting lodges, accompanied by seven bands, made their way down the Antrim Road before turning into Church Way, along Glebe Road West, onto Carnmoney Road and through Queens Park to the Ballyclare Road where marchers and supporters dispersed.
District Master of Carnmoney District LOL No. 25, Albert Steele, praised the marshals and supporters for the event passing off without incident.
“It went very well - it was a bigger parade than normal, but it was one of the best years we’ve had,” he told the Times.
Mr Steele said that brethren are now looking forward to hosting this year’s East Antrim Combine demonstration in Glengormley on July 12.
“We can’t wait now,” he added. “Everything is being put in place and hopefully we’ll get good weather and we’ll have a great day celebrating our heritage and culture.”
DUP councillor Robert Hill, who attended Tuesday night’s parade, welcomed the fact that it had passed off without incident.
“There was a small group with scarves over their faces at the start of Church Way and there were the usual insults and things, but it was all pretty quiet and I think the Orange Order, the bandsmen and the supporters deserve to be congratulated for the way they conducted themselves,” he commented.
• More pictures in next week’s Times