1,800 take part in Orange Lodge march in Carlisle
Published at 08:43, Monday, 14 September 2009
Carlisle was ablaze with colour and noise on Saturday as thousands of Orangemen and women marched across the city centre.
People from across the UK descended on Carlisle, with banners announcing the arrival of groups from Tyneside, London, Essex, Bristol, as well as various locations around Yorkshire, Merseyside, and Scotland.
Around 1,800 people took up drums, whistles, accordions and banners as the colourful, noisy spectacle passed through the city centre, attracting crowds of onlookers who shopping were in the busy city centre.
Grand Master Ron Bather, the man at the helm of the Orangemen, said he was delighted with the way the event passed off.
“The people who paraded and those who watched in the town were more than pleased with what they saw,” he said.
“The perception of the Orange institution in reports over the years would have been slightly different to what people have seen here.
"Several of our people who were standing on the pavements watching it go by were asked what was taking place, and when told people were more than pleased to stay and watch.”
Every year members of the 200-year-old Protestant Orange Lodge for England hold their march in a different area of the UK.
This year’s march, the first in the city since the late 1970s, took place in Carlisle despite the city currently having no Orange lodge branch.
Carlisle previously had a branch but the county’s only Orange order is in Barrow.
Mr Bather added: “We had upwards of 12 inquiries asking for further information with regards joining the institution.
“This is one of the rare occasions we would have a parade in an area where there is no Orange presence, so it was a learning curve from our point of view, but it was a successful one. We have been to various places around the country, but always where we have had a presence.”
Police had anticipated there being little trouble at the event, deploying some student officers as part of a training exercise. And afterwards they confirmed that the march had passed without incident.
The march started in Bitts Park at around 2.45pm, before moving underneath Castle Way and along Scotch Street into the city centre, where a wreath was laid at the war memorial at the Greenmarket.
It then moved off, in full voice still, along Fisher Street, Market Street, West Tower Street before retracing the route beneath Castle Way and back into Bitts Park.
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Havin experienced orange marches and lived in Ireland for many years, I have come to the conclusion that they just add unecessarily to the aggression and secetarian feeling throbbing through northern Ireland, how many other countries march through areas indirectly sticking up two fingers at the people who are native to their land and should instead be shown a bit of respect, this sort of behaviour is in keeping with the aristoracy rule of centuries ago allowing the loyalists to antagonise when surely in this day and age the vision of peace should override a need to antagonise !!!! Stop the marches and instead march toward a non violent future in northern Ireland , even us in Britain think the marches are uneccesary and run by bigots, wake up orange order noone over here likes or understands you!!!!
The Orange Order are a group of bigots and trouble makers, yes they are alright as long as you are wearing red white and blue, unfortunately if you are not one of their persuaision then they are not so nice at all. If anyone here has any doubts just try visiting Glasgow, they cause nothing but trouble and basically are a vile organisation. May I suggest to those on here that talk about having them every year, why don't you move to Glasgow there will be more than enough of them for you to see. But be aware there are many who do not like these and might just try and point out the error of your ways. Keep them out of my City that is what I say!
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