Thousands expected to march on ‘Last Saturday’

Mandatory Credit: ROWLAND WHITE/PRESSEYE'Event: Royal Black Sham Fight at Scarva'Date: 13th July 2013'Caption: Newry District
Mandatory Credit: ROWLAND WHITE/PRESSEYE'Event: Royal Black Sham Fight at Scarva'Date: 13th July 2013'Caption: Newry District

Upwards of 50,000 people are expected to take to the streets of Banbridge to watch the largest of the Last Saturday parades next weekend.

Around 7,000 members of the Royal Black Institutions are expected to march in the parade, which was last held in Banbridge in 2000.

A total of 13 districts will be represented on Saturday, August 31, namely Lower Iveagh, Lecale, Castlewellan, Newry, Banbridge, Rathfriland, Mourne, Largymore, Comber, Newtownards, Saintfield, Bangor and Ballynahinch.

The main procession moves off at mid-day via Dromore Road, Dromore Street, Church Square, Bridge Street, Newry Street, Newry Road to Adery’s Lane.

The platform proceedings will begin at 3pm and will be chaired by Colin Whiteside, County Grand Master, Down.

resolutions

The birth of Prince George will be marked at the demonstrations. A resolution on loyalty, to be read at all of the six venues hosting parades, will rejoice in the birth of the heir to the throne and express good wishes to his family.

The institution will also reaffirm their Britishness during their resolutions.

One such resolution will read: “Attacks on the Union Flag and our British culture must be opposed by all lawful means necessary, we continue to encourage our Sir Knights and friends within the Commonwealth to support us in our stand as we are proud to be British and make no apology for upholding our heritage.”

The Sovereign Grand Master, Millar Farr said: “It has been a very busy year for the institution.

“The Sham Fight at Scarva was yet again a magnificent event. There really is nothing else like it in the Northern Ireland calendar.

“We had numerous parades throughout Northern Ireland and wider afield and I am extremely pleased with the response to our Take 5 project.

essential

“It is essential as we seek to promote our principles and beliefs, that we ourselves are grounded in the truths which we encourage others to accept.

“The Five Solas of the Reformation are a clear statement of the core teachings of the scripture and the gospel of Jesus Christ. These are the basis of all that we do and teach within the institution and the wider community.

“We are looking forward to the Last Saturday demonstrations, which will be held at six venues across Northern Ireland.

“It will be a great day for the institution and we know that there will be tens of thousands of spectators, as usual.”