Liverpool Orange lodge marches in Southport

More than 3,000 members of England's biggest Orange lodge, based in Liverpool, have been taking part in their traditional 12 July parade.

The supporters hired 30 coaches to take them to Southport where thousands watched them march through the streets.

The annual parade commemorates the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland, when the Protestant King William beat the Catholic James II in 1690.

A spokesman said that past bigotries had no place in today's celebrations.

Liverpool Orange lodge grand master Billy Owens said: "Some people are bigots obviously on both sides.

"But over the years in Liverpool in particular that kind of confrontation has gone.

"We're at peace with each other."

Orange lodge members have said they look forward to the march all year, with one member saying: "We're all brothers and sisters - that's the way we're brought up."

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