The Twelfth in Ballymena

Portrush will host a band parade this Saturday night
Portrush will host a band parade this Saturday night

Upwards of 30 lodges and accompanying bands will take part in the annual Twelfth in Ballymena - the only town in Northern Ireland which has a Twelfth parade every year.

Orangemen and 15 bands will assemble at Wakehurst Road at 12.30pm and proceed through the town via Queens Street, Harryville Bridge, Waveney Road, Galgorm Road, Pentagon, Lower Mill Street, Ballymoney Street and Thomas Street to the People’s Park on the Doury Road.

This year the honour of hosting the parade belongs to the members of St Patrick’sChurch Temperance LOL 1123. The lodge is synonymous with organising theannual St Patrick’s commemoration parade and church service in the town.

There is always a strong Scottish presence in Ballymena for the Twelfth and this year the Past Grand Master of Scotland, Magnus Bain, will be the guest speaker.

Among the platform party at the field will be the County Antrim Grand Master Robin Matthews, district officers and officers from the host lodge.

The religious service will be conducted by Rev Ian McClean, a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.