Dumcree passes off without disturbances (UTV News)

The annual Orange Order Drumcree parade has taken place peacefully in Portadown.
Following the traditional service at Drumcree church, a delegation of Orangemen handed their letter of protest at police at the barricade which blocked their route to the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road.
Members of the Orange Order have been banned from marching down the route since 1989, but local District Master Darryl Hewitt said the order would not give up:
“Our resolve has not diminished over the weeks and months – no one should be in any doubt – Portadown District are in this for the long haul – we will not be deflected from seeking to achieve our objective.”
Mr Hewitt was critical of the Parades Commission as he spoke to the crowd, describing it as “no improvement on previous commissions”.
“On meeting two members of the Commission we were asked such sensible questions such as’Why do you Parade to Drumcree Church?’ and ‘Why not just go home the way you came?’
“I am sure you would agree with me that it is rich for members of the Commission after six months to ask such basic questions as these.”
A PSNI spokesperson said: “Police would like to thank all those who worked tirelessly to ensure a peacefull event.”
The annual Drumcree Parade takes place in Co Armagh today, with Orangemen again re-routed away from the Garvaghy Road in Portadown.
The annual Drumcree parade takes place in Co Armagh today.
Orangemen have again been re-routed away from the Garvaghy Road in Portadown by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission.
The commission’s determination states that the return parade from Drumcree Church back to Portadown town centre cannot process through the nationalist area.
The Drumcree Parade is held on the Sunday before 12 July every year.
Serious violence erupted after the parade was banned from its traditional route in the late 1990s.


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