Parade was ‘dignifed and respectful’

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Unionist representatives have hailed the ‘dignified and respectful’ Battle of the Some parade in Coleraine last Wednesday evening.

Praising all those involved in the parade, Coleraine UUP councillor William McCandless said: “I attended the parade in the Heights area and saw for myself the dignified and respectful parade which took place. Last week the Parades Commission made a flawed decision to restrict the annual commemoration parade in Coleraine which I said at the time set a dangerous precedent in that it rewarded those who practise or threaten violence.”

Worshipful District Master of Coleraine District No2, George Duddy commended the officers and members of Killowen LOL 930 and Coleraine Fife and Drum band for their ‘patience and resilience in the face of opposition.’

Duddy added: “As the parade made its way through Somerset Drive and around the Heights children were dancing in their gardens, this is what a shared future is all about, this is contrary to the submissions made by some political representatives who wanted the parade banned.”

George Robinson MLA added:” The parade was peaceful and dignified by all participants and supporters.”

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