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Lundy parade passes off peacefully in Derry

This young drum major added a festive touch when he was pictured leading the Burntollet Sons of Ulster Flute Band during today's annual Apprentice Boys' parade in Derry city centre.

This young drum major added a festive touch when he was pictured leading the Burntollet Sons of Ulster Flute Band during today's annual Apprentice Boys' parade in Derry city centre.

Derry’s Mayor has praised all those involved in helping today’s Lundy parade in Derry pass off peacefully.

Thousands of marchers made their way through the city centre this afternoon as part of the annual Apprentice Boys’ ‘Shutting of the Gates’ celebrations. The Lundy’s Day event commemorates the 17th century Siege of Derry.

This year the event featured a total of 31 bands.

The Mayor, SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly said: “It was great to see that this event passed off peacefully as with all the cultural events in the city this year. Credit must be given to all those people in Derry who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that days like these pass off without major incident.”

Unlike previous years, Christmas shoppers appeared undeterred by the event. Most city centre car parks were full in the early afternoon with the two major shopping centres trading busily.

A PSNI spokesperson said there had been no arrests made at the parade.

 

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