Relief of Derry: Thousands watch parades

Weatherwise it was a mixed bag, but nothing could dampen the festive spirit in Londonderry for this year’s Relief of Derry celebrations - and thousands lined the route to watch the spectacle.

A short religious service took place at the Cenotaph at 10am to honour all those who have died in conflict, and particularly ‘The Derrys’, and a floral tribute was be laid by the Governor, Jim Brownlee, after which a Service of Thanksgiving took place at 10.30am in St Columb’s Cathedral. The guest clergyman for the service was Rev David McBeth, of All Saints Clooney.

The Governor of he Apprentice Boys Jim Brownlee, leads the tribute, Act of Reflection and Salute at the Cenotaph in The Diamond.

The Governor of he Apprentice Boys Jim Brownlee, leads the tribute, Act of Reflection and Salute at the Cenotaph in The Diamond.

The Crimson Players’ pageant, rewritten this year by Jonathan Burgess, took place at Carlisle Road junction at 12.30pm, after which the main procession took place, headed by the General Committee, led by Hamilton Flute Band.

The main parade began at Craigavon Bridge, and processed through the city, before heading back across the bridge to the Waterside, with a parade along Spencer Road to Irish Street. By 2pm the rain was pouring down on the Apprentices and their bands, but did nothing to dampen their spirits.

This year many more shops remained open for the event, and impromptu tea rooms were opened along the route of the parade, including those run by St Augustine’s Church at Society Street and at Carlisle Road Presbyterian Church.

The final event of the day was the return parade by the Parent Clubs and their bands.

A bandsman and Apprentice Boy pose with the General Committee bannerette at Society Street.

A bandsman and Apprentice Boy pose with the General Committee bannerette at Society Street.

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