Orangemen gear up for Twelfth in Richhill

Bro David Martin, (centre) Worshipful District Master of Lurgan and District Officers, Bro Colin McCusker, Deputy District Master and Bro Robert Black, District Secretary.
Bro David Martin, (centre) Worshipful District Master of Lurgan and District Officers, Bro Colin McCusker, Deputy District Master and Bro Robert Black, District Secretary.

Lurgan District LOL No 6 is gearing up to celebrate the 327th anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne by travelling to the County Armagh village of Richhill on the ‘Twelfth’.

Ahead of the big day, there will be two significant events in the town. Firstly, the town’s annual Mini-12th will take place on the evening of Friday, 7th July, starting at 7.45pm.

Up to 10 bands, lambeg drums and visiting brethren from right across Northern Ireland will take part in this annual showcase.

On Sunday, 9th July, the Brethren will parade to Shankill Parish Church for the Boyne Anniversary service at 3pm. Members of the public are more than welcome to attend this service.

Then on Wednesday, 12th July, the 20 lodges of Lurgan will leave Brownlow House at 8am, with buses for Richhill leaving Russell Drive at 9.15am to arrive outside Richhill at 9.45am. The District will leave the demonstration field at 3.30pm and plans to be back in Lurgan for its homeward parade at approximately 4.45pm.

Commenting on the festivities, David Martin Worshipful District Master said: “This is the highlight of the year for our members.

“We were blessed with fantastic weather last year when we travelled to Portadown, and hopefully we will have more of the same this Twelfth. This is a great family day out, and I would encourage our supporters to fill the town centre on the night of our Mini 12th, attend our church service in Shankill and travel with us to Richhill.

“A lot of planning goes into the all our events, and it’s a huge boost to the organisers when people turnout to show their support.”