Local Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson has praised the organisers and participants of County Down’s largest Twelfth Demonstration which took place at Lenaderg and was hosted by Bann Valley District No 20.
Commenting after attending the demonstrations Mrs Dobson said: “Well done to everyone who ensured that Lenaderg hosted such a Glorious Twelfth demonstration.
“It was fantastic to see so many people making the journey to line the procession route and be part of such a colourful and cultural day.
“I extend my congratulations to the hard work of the District as it was clear to see that many hours of preparation had been put in to make the day run so smoothly.
“I also commend the brethren, bands and spectators who contributed to a successful Twelfth demonstration as well as the work of the PSNI and St John’s Ambulance who attended.”
Upper Bann MLA Sydney Anderson also congratulated the Orange and Black Institutions following the recent demonstrations at Lenaderg and Bessbrook over the Twelfth period and the annual Black Demonstration and Sham Fight at Scarva.
Mr Anderson said: “The demonstration was very well attended with many bands and brethren on parade, along with great numbers of spectators lending their support to the whole event.
I would also like to praise the Bessbrook District Officers for the successful way in which they arranged the preparations for the flagship Twelfth demonstration at Bessbrook. I myself was on parade with fellow Orange brethren on Monday in the village and I thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.
“There was a real family friendly atmosphere and everyone who was on parade or who was watching had a great day. Both of these demonstrations were a great celebration of heritage and culture and the high attendance at both clearly highlights the strong public support which continues to exist for the Orange Order.
“Once again, this year’s annual Sham Fight and Royal Black Demonstration was a major success. I would like to sincerely congratulate RBP 1000 for the way they successfully organised this year’s event.
“There was a real buzz about the village with good weather adding to the occasion. I am glad that I have been able to support the annual demonstration at Scarva over many years and I am fully committed along with my party colleagues to ensuring that the event continues to prosper and thrive in the years ahead.”