The President of the Portadown-based Baker Club of the Apprentice Boys of Derry carried an effigy the Siege traitor Billy Lundy for a distance of 13 miles – and then proceeded to burn it.
Jamie-Kyle Moore, accompanied by fellow Baker members, shouldered the 8’3”, 10-stone wooden figure at Ballylisk Orange Hall.
He then carried it via Laurelvale along Ballylisk Lane, Brackagh Road, Horseshoe Lane and onto the Newry Canal towpath to the Madden Road Bridge and back to the starting point.
Said Kyle, “We chose a 13-mile route to reflect the 13 Apprentice Boys who closed the gates of the city in the 1688-89 siege.
“The effort was for the Armed Forces charity, the SSAFA, and we plan to make it an annual event.
“When we got back, we had the ceremonial burning. It was swift and sure, as the effigy was made of wood and papier mache!”
Reports indicate that Lundy escaped from Derry to Scotland, where he was later apprehended and incarcerated in the Tower of London.
His fate after that is unclear.
The Baker Club also organised an Ulster Day Parade on Saturday past.
Again, it started at Ballylisk Orange Hall, and included a re-enactment of the signing of the Ulster Covenant.
Said Kyle, “The parade was open to all the Loyal Orders, including the ANCRE Somme Association, and will be held on the closest Saturday to Ulster Day each year.”