The Twelfth: Orange Order will resist SNP attempts to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom.

The Loyal Orders and Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland will staunchly resist any attempts by the Scottish National Party to take Scotland out of the United Kingdom.

That was the clarion call by the Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, Henry Dunbar, who was the special guest at the North Antrim Combine parade in Ballymoney.

Twelfth 2014

Twelfth 2014

Addressing more than 40 lodges representing five districts – Ballymoney, Bushmills, Ballycastle, Rasharkin and Cloughmills – Grand Master Dunbar said a mass parade in Edinburgh on September 13 - five days before the independence referendum - would make clear the fervent opposition to the SNP proposals.

Calling for support from Orangemen and brethern across the north, he told Orangemen during a religious service at Ballymoney Showgrounds: “The Union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a union of partnerships, a force for good both at home and abroad.

“What we have created is the envy of much of the world. As a loyal Orange institution we remain loyal to God and our Queen and we will resist any break up of the Union which has been in existence for 307 years. We say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!.”

Around 2,000 bands and brethern turned out for the parade which was last held in the north Antrim town five years ago.

Particularly popular with the large number of spectators was the distinctive sight and sound of Lambeg drums as well as more than 30 bands accommodating accordion, flute and pipe band genres.

The parade took a three-mile route through the town centre before returning to the Showgrounds for the speeches.

For full report and pictures see Monday’s News Letter.