Northern Ireland

Apprentice Boys demonstration takes place in Londonderry

The opening parade took place on Saturday morning
Image caption The opening parade took place on Saturday morning

The annual Apprentice Boys demonstration has taken place in Londonderry.

The traditional opening parade took marchers and several bands around the city's historic walls.

Members of the Apprentice Boys then made their way to the Diamond for a wreath laying ceremony.

After the ceremony there was a religious service in St Columb's Church of Ireland cathedral.

Image caption A special wreath was laid at the Diamond in Derry, with those who died at the Battle of the Somme among those remembered

A re-enactment of the Siege of Derry of 1689 was staged by a local drama group, before the main parade got under way on Saturday afternoon.

About 8,000 Apprentice Boys and 145 bands participated in the demonstration.

Image caption A re-enactment of the Siege of Derry was staged by a local drama group
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Image caption The 105-day siege took place in 1689

There was a visible police presence around the city centre.

Image caption The main parade started on Saturday afternoon
Image caption A number of flags and banners were on display

The memorial ceremony is held on the second Saturday in August each year, to commemorate the ending of the 105-day siege of the city in August 1689.

Image caption About 8,000 Apprentice Boys and 145 bands participated in the demonstration

The siege took place against the background of the deposed Catholic King James II's attempt to regain his crown from his Protestant son-in-law, King William III.

Image caption There was a visible police presence in Derry around the city centre

Also known as William of Orange, or King Billy, the new monarch was supported by Protestants in Derry, who shut the gates of the walled city to keep out the advancing Jacobite army.

Image caption Some of those in attendance found novel ways of capturing the demonstration

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