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March passes without incident

Standard Bearers at the head of the Relief of Derry celebration, entering The Diamond.

Standard Bearers at the head of the Relief of Derry celebration, entering The Diamond.

In excess of 8,000 Apprentice Boys from over 200 Clubs and Branches gathered in Derry yesterday for their annual ‘Relief of Derry’ parade.

A total of 145 bands also took part in the march which passed peacefully through the Waterside and over to the Cityside and back again later in the afternoon.

This is the third year the parade has passed without incident.

Prior to the march Jim Brownlee, governor of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, said: “This is an historical event, it carries no threat to anyone.”

A 500 strong, low key, policing operation was also in force throughout the day.

Earlier in the week Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin, the G District commander, said: “This city has developed a tradition of peaceful parades and that has come about through dialogue and understanding in many diverse quarters.

“The safety of all, whether they are participants, spectators or residents, is a key issue for us and has shaped the policing operation we have planned.”

 

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