80 preceptories en route to Ballymoney for Black Saturday

The birth of Prince George will be marked at all six demonstrations held by the Royal Black Institution on the Last Saturday of August.

The resolution on loyalty, to be read at all the venues, will rejoice in the birth of the heir to the throne and express good wishes to his family.

The Royal Black Institution will hold parades in six locations across Northern Ireland on Saturday, August 31.

Approximately 18,000 members of the Institution, from 400 preceptories, will parade in Banbridge, Ballymoney, Newtownards, Dungannon, Castlederg and Ballyronan.

The institution also reached a significant milestone in its work for charity when it broke through the half a million pounds mark in raising money. The money was raised by members of the institution since 2002 and went to six charities, two in Africa and the rest locally based.

Eighty preceptories will take part in the demonstration in Ballymoney.

The parade will assemble at the showgrounds and at 12.30pm go via North Road, High Street, Main Street, Meetinghouse Street, Garryduff Road to the Joey Dunlop Centre.

The preceptories will come from six districts – Lisburn, Ballymena, Antrim, Larne, Ballymoney and Ballyclare. It is expected there will be 79 bands and almost 6,000 members of the Royal Black Institution on parade.

The platform proceedings will begin at 2.45pm under the chairman, David Hargy. The service of worship will be conducted by Rev. Robert Campbell, County Grand Chaplain of Antrim and the main address will be by Rev. Nigel Reid, Assistant Sovereign Grand Master.

The demonstration was last held in Ballymoney in 2006.