Apprentice Boys' Lundy parade in Londonderry

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An effigy of Lt Col Robert Lundy, known as Lundy the Traitor, is burned at the event
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An effigy of Lt Col Robert Lundy, known as Lundy the Traitor, is burned at the event

The Apprentice Boys' annual Lundy's Day parade has taken place in Londonderry.

The event commemorates the 17th century siege of Derry.

Twenty-six bands and about 2,000 Apprentice Boys participated in the main parade on Saturday afternoon. There was also a thanksgiving service in St Columb's Cathedral.

The day ended with a burning of an effigy of Lt Col Robert Lundy, known as Lundy the Traitor.

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The parade commemorates the 17th century siege of Derry

This year the Apprentice Boys installed a new governor, Graeme Stenhouse, who is originally from Edinburgh.

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Graeme Stenhouse was formally installed as the new governor of the Apprentice Boys on Saturday

He said he wanted to build on the work of his predecessors and ensure that the "peaceful parading atmosphere" in the city continues.

"As we have seen over the last few years, there is a greater atmosphere about the town especially in August and December," he said.

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Twenty-six bands are taking part in the parade

"Something that we have noticed is that there are more and more people coming over to the cityside to watch the parades.

"If you look at the money that is being brought into the city to hotels, restaurants etc, it is good for the local community that money is coming in and securing jobs as well."

The march commemorates an event known as the Shutting of the Gates - when 13 apprentices locked the walled city's gates against the approaching army of the Catholic King James II in December 1688.

The Siege of Derry lasted 105 days and cost over 10,000 lives, the majority of them civilians.

Dissident protest

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The protest only lasted an hour

Dissident republicans staged a protest in Shipquay close to the Diamond in Derry where the main Apprentice Boys parade is taking place.

The regular protest, which lasted an hour, aimed to highlight what they described as the ill treatment of republican prisoners.