York & North Yorkshire

Orange Order marches through streets of York

A march by Protestant organisation the Orange Order has taken place in York for the first time.

The group said it was parading through York because it has lodges nearby.

More than 100 members set off at 1400 BST from Clifford's Tower. North Yorkshire Police were in attendance at the march and said it passed peacefully.

Similar marches are more commonly held in Northern Ireland and have sometimes led to violence.

The Grand Master of the Orange Order in York, Ron Bather, said: "There's no ulterior motive for choosing York. It's not as if we are going out of our way to be antagonistic.

"That's not what the Orange Order is about. It's just a way of going to York and showing people what the Orange institution is all about."

The Orange Order has lodges in Malton, Leeds and Scarborough, and is the largest Protestant marching organisation in Northern Ireland.

Its origins date from the 17th Century battle for supremacy between Protestantism and Catholicism.

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