Apprentice Boys hold Lundy march

The annual Apprentice Boys Lundy parade makes its way through New Gate on saturday as 2000 members of the organisation gathered to mark the shutting of the city's gates in 1688. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.12.12

The annual Apprentice Boys Lundy parade makes its way through New Gate on saturday as 2000 members of the organisation gathered to mark the shutting of the city's gates in 1688. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.12.12

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Thousands of Apprentice Boys, bandsmen and their supporters marched through the city centre yesterday during the annual Lundy’s Day demonstrations.

The event got underway at midnight on Friday with the firing of a cannon to symbolise the closing of the gates, effectively the beginning of the Siege of Derry.

The parade began in the Waterside just before noon as the marchers made their way into the city centre. The effigy of Lundy was burned on Bishop Street at 3.45pm before the return leg of the parade to the Waterside.

Shops in the city centre remained open during the march although the main shopping thoroughfares were reported to be quieter than usual.