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Cookstown and Clogher all set to host Twelfth

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

COOKSTOWN and Clogher are ready to welcome tens of thousands for the traditional Twelfth celebrations this Wednesday.

 

Cookstown Twelfth

Orangemen and women will step out on one of the longest and widest main streets in Ireland for the largest Twelfth in Tyrone.

Upwards of 70 lodges will be on parade in Cookstown, representing seven districts, and accompanied by approximately 60 bands.

There will be a wide selection of music for people to enjoy with silver bands, accordion, pipe and flute taking part.

Joining local brethren will be members of the Institution from the Districts of Stewartstown, Coagh, Castlecaulfield, Pomeroy, Benburb, Killyman and host District Cookstown.

The special guest for the day will be the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Most Wor Bro Edward Stevenson, who will be attending a Twelfth parade in his native county.

Organisers anticipate up to 20,000 spectators will line the two-mile parade route, with many visitors and holidaymakers also expected to sample a Twelfth parade for the first time.

Cookstown District will leave the Oldtown at the earlier time of 10am to parade to the Assembly Field with the main parade starting at 12 noon (note also earlier time) from the Grange Road, proceeding through the town centre to the Demonstration Field on the Moneymore Road.

At "The Field", there will be the Solus Scottish Dancers and a drumming demonstration by the Mid-Ulster Drumming School.

The Grand Master will deliver the main address during the religious service.

 

Clogher Twelfth

Twenty-five lodges from two districts - Annahoe and Fivemiletown - will be on parade at this year's Clogher Valley Twelfth.

Clogher is hosting the Twelfth for the first time since 2011.

Lodges, accompanied by 20 bands, will assemble on the Station Road with the main parade moving off at 12.15pm. It will proceed through the village along Main Street to the demonstration field at Fivemiletown Road.

District officers from both Fivemiletown and Annahoe will be present on the platform for the religious service.

The guest speaker will be the Rev Maurice Armstrong, a Church of Ireland minister.

Organisers have specially produced a lodge year book, containing articles from the various lodges on parade and their respective activities over the past 12 months.

Prior to the Twelfth celebrations, a family fun night and barbecue will be held at nearby Roughan tonight, Tuesday 11th July.

Local musicians and highland dancers will perform. There will also be a football challenge match between the Orangemen of the two local districts.

 

Courier Twelfth coverage

Don't forget to pick up your copy of the Tyrone Courier next Tuesday, 18th July for full coverage including photos and reports from the Twelfth parades in Cookstown and Clogher.

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