Upcoming Parade and Service
No. 6, Women's District L.O.L.
Annual Church Parade and Service in North Belfast.
Assemble in Alexander Park Avenue at 2.15 p.m. for parade at 2.30 p.m. sharp.
“We had a productive meeting with our Unionist political representatives, where we as an Institution offered our full support for their joint statement and unity of purpose following the Parades Commission’s nonsensical decision preventing Ligoniel Orangemen from once again completing their Twelfth parade.
“Grand Lodge is also mindful at this time of restrictions on other Orange parades throughout the Province.
“We will continue purposeful dialogue within the Orange family and wider pro-Union community over the coming days; and will outline our response in due course.
“Although there is much anger at the latest restriction on our legitimate cultural expression and traditions; I would once again reiterate the Institution’s call for any protest to be lawful and peaceful. Violence will not help our cause, and only play into the hands of our enemies.”
“The latest Twaddell initiative was a genuine and sincere attempt to resolve this longstanding issue, and reach an equitable solution allowing our Ligoniel brethren to complete their Twelfth parade.
Six minutes is all it will take for the Ligoniel lodges and accompanying bands to process peacefully along the main arterial route of the Crumlin Road. It is therefore hugely disappointing, despite numerous overtures and indeed dialogue with Ardoyne residents, that the Parades Commission chooses to blatantly ignore the concept of shared space in north Belfast and has bowed once again to the threat of republican violence.
Despite this setback, the Orange family and our Unionist partners involved in the Civil Rights Camp remain determined to resolve this issue.”