A lambeg drum which has been carried by Orangemen from the south coast of England to Scotland, in aid of charity, arrives in Northern Ireland on the afternoon of Thursday, June 9.
The aim of the walk has been to raise funds for the charity HELP FOR HEROES which helps injured service men and women when they return from duty around the world.
The challenge was to follow in the steps of King William III, and carry the lambeg drum from his landing place at Brixham, Devon, all the way to the Boyne Heritage Centre at Drogheda. The first leg of the journey was completed by members of London LOL 1689, taking the drum to Exeter, Portsmouth, The Houses of Parliament, London, Hereford, Manchester and Liverpool, raising funds at various functions and events along the way.
The next leg of the journey began when the drum was handed over to Glasgow LOL 162 at Carlisle. More fund raising took place as the drum made its way around Scotland before crossing the Irish Sea and landing at Larne on Thursday, June 9 on the afternoon ferry from Stranraer.
Members of Banbridge Bible and Crown Defenders LOL 423 will then, along with their Scottish brethren, make their way on foot all the way to the Boyne.
“It has been a major exercise for the Orange Institution throughout the United Kingdom,” said David Watson of Banbridge Bible and Crown Defenders LOL 423.
“There has certainly been a lot of hard work by a lot of people but the effort and planning has been worth it. We have received tremendous support from our Orange brethren, the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. We have taken the lambeg drum to the top of Slieve Donard and Ben Nevis for charity, but this trip is really special. It is certainly a well-travelled drum and it has been attracting fantastic interest as it has been carried, and played, along the very long route,
“It will be wonderful to see the drum come off the boat at Larne. We will be joined by brethren from the rest of the United Kingdom as we parade it through a number of towns and follow the same route as William.
“It really is a record-breaking drum and the excellent charity – Help for Heroes – will benefit considerably as a result. So far we have raised more than £40,000 and we have high hopes that much more will come in during the time the drum is in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.”
There will be a parade in Larne on Thursday, June 9 at 7.30pm and it will then be taken to Carrickfergus, the town where William landed in 1690.
It will leave Carrickfergus at 3.30am on Friday morning and be carried via Fortwilliam at 5.45am Stranmillis at 7.30am Hilden at 10.00am Lisburn Island Centre at 10.30am Hillsborough at 12 noon Dromore at 2pm Banbridge at 4pm – followed by a parade in the town. Scarva at 6.30pm
The lambeg drum will then be carried via Newry and Drogheda to arrive at the Boyne Heritage Centre around 10.30am on Saturday, June 11.
Keep up to date with the latest news and follow the drums progress on Facebook page Drumming for Heroes. If you would like to make a donation You can by sending cheques made payable to LOL 423 c/o 8 Victoria Street, Banbridge , Co. Down BT32 3DQ