GLENGORMLEY’S annual Mini Twelfth passed off peacefully on Tuesday evening (June 28), despite a tense 20-minute stand-off involving a crowd of parade followers and local residents at the junction of Church Road and Glebe Road West - the scene of serious sectarian clashes in previous years.
The two groups, who were kept well apart by a large police presence of local neighbourhood officers and tactical support squads, eventually dispersed following discussions involving senior PSNI officers and community activists including councillors John Blair, Marie Mackessey and Gerard O’Reilly, as well as PUP representative Phil Hamilton.
Earlier in the evening, brethren from the five lodges of the Orange Order’s Carnmoney District, led by the Pride of the Hill flute band, marched along Ballyclare Road into the centre of Glengormley where County Antrim Grand Secretary, Wor. Bro. William Thompson cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the traditional Orange Arch over the Antrim Road.
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