Northern Ireland

Apprentice Boys of Derry parade passes peacefully

The parade makes makes its way around the city centre
Image caption The parade makes makes its way around the city centre

The annual Apprentice Boys of Derry parade has passed off peacefully.

However, five men and one woman, were arrested for minor public order offences.

There was also an attempted petrol bomb attack earlier in the afternoon. It smashed a car window but failed to ignite.

In north Belfast, three others were charged following small disturbances in the Ardoyne.

About 30 Protestant Apprentice Boys walked past shops in the nationalist Ardoyne ahead of the main Relief of Derry celebrations.

Two separate nationalist residents' groups held peaceful protests.

Police said following this, there was "limited disorder" in the Brompton Park area of Ardoyne.

A 32-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman were charged with two counts of assaulting police, disorderly behaviour, obstructing and resisting police.

A 44-year-old man was also charged with disorderly behaviour and resisting police.

All three are due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday.

About 15,000 people lined the streets of Londonderry for the main parade which got underway at 12:30 BST.

A suspicious object found on the route at 07:00 BST was declared a hoax.

Several bands

Politicians and church leaders had appealed for a peaceful day and for tolerance and respect on all sides.

Apprentice Boys accompanied by several bands marched around the city's historic walls.

After that, they attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph in the Diamond to remember the war dead.

A religious ceremony in St Columb's Church of Ireland Cathedral was held before a pageant re-enacting the Siege of Derry took place.

About 140 bands took part in the main parade, which marks the 323nd anniversary of the ending of the Siege of Derry after 105 days.

Thirteen young Apprentices who were supporters of the Protestant King William III, closed the gates of the walled city to stop the advancing forces of the Catholic King James II's army.

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