UNIONISTS have reacted angrily to a Parades Commision ruling banning Apprentice Boys from playing music past a Catholic church during a band parade this Saturday.
Up to 500 people and three bands are expected to take part in the annual rememberance parade past St Patrick’s Church on Saturady. Bands taking part have been ordered not to play music between the junction of Donegall Lane and Donegall Street and the juncition of Carrick Hill and 18 Clifton Street. The disputed parade will leave Donegall Pass in South Belfast before moving to the city centre. From there it will travel along Royal Avenue to Donegall Street on to Clifton Street before making its way to the Shankill area via Denmark Street. Residents have been given permission to stage a protest at a car park opposite St Patrick’s and between Trinity Street and 18 Clifton Street during the parade. Carrick Hill Concerned Residents Group spokesman Frank Dempsey questioned the need for the parade to pass a ntionalist district. TUV representive David Hollis however slammed the Parades Commission ruling. “There has never been any trouble in relation to this respectful parade in the past,” he said. “Yet the so-called residents group has decided to manufacture an issue around the march. “It seems that the protestes are so ignorant of their history that they do not release that without the sacrifice of two world wars they wouldn’t even have the civil liberty to protest.”
With many respects to: Connla Young, The Irish News.