Preparations are well under way for the Fermanagh Twelfth of July demonstration which will take place in the village of Brookeborough this year.
Large crowds are expected to be in attendance this Thursday, July 12th in the village, which is hosting its first Twelfth demonstration since 2010, including many tourists and visitors to the lakeland county.
Alongside Fermanagh-based lodges, the county will again play host to visitors from the Republic, representing counties Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan. Southern brethren will join with upwards of 90 private lodges, members of the Association of Loyal Orangewomen, Juniors, and approximately 70 bands in one of the larger demonstrations across the North.
Lodges and bands will move off from the assembly field on the Lisnaskea Road at 11.30am and proceed through the village to the demonstration field on the A4 Belfast Road.
Two lodges, Rosslea LOL 173 and Crom Castle LOL 1219, will have new banners on parade.
The platform proceedings and religious service will commence at 1.30pm. The formalities will be chaired by County Fermanagh Grand Master Stuart Brooker while the guest speaker will be Rev Dr Alan McCann, County Armagh Grand Chaplain. The return parade is due to commence at 2.45pm.
A collection will be taken on the day for the South East Fermanagh Foundation, the designated charity this year of County Fermanagh Grand Lodge.
Stuart Brooker, Fermanagh’s County Grand Master told the Herald: “The Twelfth returns this year to Brookeborough after a period of eight years.
“It’s a day when we display the outward expression of our culture and heritage, and a terrific family time together.
“Everyone really enjoying themselves, thousands of people greeting old friends and enjoying their traditional demonstration day in a most relaxed manner.
“I have the happiest memories of warm welcomes, marvellous music and dignified and joyous parades. That’s the way it has always been and that’s the way it will be this year again.
“Once again we look forward to a very enjoyable Fermanagh Twelfth,” he added.