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Tensions high for parade in Derry after yesterday's shooting

The Parades Commission has been criticised by the Chair of Strabane District Council, for having no restrictions in place for tomorrow’s march.

The Apprentice Boys of Derry
The Apprentice Boys of Derry
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A PARADE WILL take place tomorrow by the Apprentice Boys of Derry.

The Apprentice Boys of Derry is a Protestant fraternal society that was founded in 1814;  tomorrow will be the 325th annual Shutting of the Gates for The Burning of Lundy Parade.

It comes as tensions are heightened after three police vehicles were attacked with gunshot rounds in North Belfast yesterday evening.

The parade has unrestricted access through the mainly nationalist Ferguson Crescent.

The Chair of Strabane District Council, Councillor Ruairí McHugh, has criticised the Parades Commission for no restrictions being put in place for tomorrow’s march.

However, he pointed out that restrictions were in place earlier this year on a Republican Commemoration held for IRA members who died during the conflict in Tyrone.

Speaking on Highland Radio yesterday, the Councillor expressed how he felt this was unfair;

I think that just goes to highlight the absolute double standards of the parades commission when it comes to loyalist parades

The parade is held in demonstration of the surrender of Robert Lundy in 1689.

Robert Lundy was the Governor of Derry during the Siege of Derry and he attempted to surrender to James II before the siege by the Protestant Boys to the Catholic army.

A cannon will be fired at midnight tonight at the Memorial Hall for the initiation of the ceremony. The following morning those marching will gather at the Waterside and the parade will set off at 11:45. At around 3pm bands will also join in on the parade, before the effigy of Lundy is burned at around 3:15.

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