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Apprentice Boys Parade ‘best in 28 years’- police chief

The William King Memorial Flute Band pictured taking part in Saturday's parade on the City Walls. INLS3214-166KM

The William King Memorial Flute Band pictured taking part in Saturday's parade on the City Walls. INLS3214-166KM

 

Local police chief Stephen Cargin has praised all sides after the weekend’s Apprentice Boys of Derry parade passed off peacefully.

G District Commander Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin said the event on Saturday had gone “extremely well” and said the parade was the most successful he had witnessed in his 28 years involved with policing in Derry.

Two arrests were made in Derry in connection with the annual parade.

In a statement issued after the participants had disbanded, Mr Cargin said: “It is the third year that the parade has went well. This is not a coincidence - it is due to the hard work of many agencies, Apprentice Boys Of Derry, businesses, marshals and organisations involved in the partnership working that goes into the lengthy planning of the event.

“It just goes to show that it obviously pays off when people respect and listen to each other and work for a peaceful resolution.”

Mr Cargin went on to say that there had been “a really good feel around the city, almost a carnival-like atmosphere”.

“We have just come out of the City of Culture year which has left a huge legacy for the city and I think yesterday was testimony to that,” he said, adding:

“I am pleased to say that I can’t remember a parade that has gone so well in the 28 years that I have been policing in this city and I hope that this positive momentum only continues.”

 
 
 

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