Upper Ards District LOL 11

Donaghadee 12th July 2012

We are proud to be the hosts for this years North Down Annual Boyne Anniversary Celebrations, an honour we have every four years. The celebrations which are to be held on Thursday 12th July in Donaghadee are hosted by Blue Banner Total Abstinence LOL 781. We will play host to three other local District Lodges which are Newtownards DLOL 4, Holywood DLOL 14 and Bangor DLOL 18 as well as the fifteen Private Lodges from within our own District. The parade will assemble on the Warren Road in Donaghadee at 12.00 and will then make its way along the Warren Road, Shore Street, Parade before turning into Manor Street at the top of which the parade will turn left onto the Millisle Road where they will finish in The Commons.

The return leg of the parade will make its way through The Commons, past the Marina and Community Centre before turning onto the Parade at the harbour, it will then travel along New Street, High Street, Bridge Street, Shore Street and the Warren Road where the visiting Districts will board their buses.

Our District will then make their way back along the Shore Street, Parade and New Street where Lodges will board their buses.

We are all looking forward to the Celebrations and hope that everyone present will enjoy the day's spectacle. We would also like to point that Ards Borough Council operate a Alcohol Free Zone along the entire route and within Donaghadee so there will be a Zero Tolerance approach to anyone drinking alcohol in public places. Anyone caught drinking alcohol will have it confiscated by the PSNI and may face charges.
We would advise any visitors to the Celebrations to get there early and also to follow any instructions given to them by the PSNI, Marshal's or other officials, they are there to ensure the safety of everyone.

Donaghadee 2012th Ulster Scots Festival

The Donaghadee 2012th Ulster Scots Festival has been planned to coincide with the towns hosting of the traditional 12th July parade and has been organised by Donaghadee Community Partnership, a group which meet in Donaghadee Orange and Protestant Hall to promote Ulster Scots traditions in the area. The Partnership have worked very closely with all the Lodges within Donaghadee, LOL 241, LOL 781, LOL 836 and WLOL 57 in planning the Festival. The Festival is spread over three days, Friday 6th July, Saturday 7th July and of course Thursday 12th July. The Festival has been part funded by Ards Borough Council through Ards Tourism.

Friday 6th July 2012, Ulster Scots Cookery Master Class

Donaghadee Parish Church Hall

This event will hi-light the influence of the Ulster Scots on the food we eat today in Ulster by showing dishes that are commonly associated with Ulster. The evening will be hosted by Jenny Bristow a local celebrity chef who hails from an area well known for the Ulster Scots influence, Cullybackey in Co. Antrim. Jenny is a well known and respected local celebrity and all recipes used at the event will be available for people to download on Jenny's own website. www.jennybristow.com
The evening will also feature music from Keep Er Lit a local Ulster Scots fiddle ensemble who also use the penny whistle and other instruments in their music as well as reciting poems in the Ulster Scots tongue.

Saturday 7th July 2012, Ulster Scots Cultural Day

Lemon's Wharf, Donaghadee and Donaghadee Parish Church Hall

This event will feature music from another well known TV personality Willie Drennan and his Ulster Scots Band who will perform a wide variety of Ulster Scots music with a wide variety of instruments. Ballyrobert Fife and Drumming Club will also be performing a number of tunes on the Lambegs and Fifes while Una Breslins School of Dance who are based in Donaghadee will showcase traditional Irish Dancing. This part
of the event will be outdoors right on the shore front overlooking the picturesque harbour. Up in the Parish Church Hall which is only a short walk away, there will be a display of artefacts from the United Ulster History Forum who will display a number of militaria items from various forces and periods in Ulsters history. There will also be historical lectures on various subjects including the Solemn League and Covenant which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year as well as other subjects connected to the areas Ulster Scots history. There will also be bouncy castles etc outside for the children to enjoy.

All Day Cafe

The Church Catering Committee will also be running an all day Cafe with all proceeds going to the Church's Renewal and Restoration Fund. There will be tea, coffee, sausage rolls and other treats available.

Thursday 12th July 2012, Boyne Anniversary


We will have the North Irish Dragoon Society a local equestrian re-enactment group who will parade the town in front of the main parade, they will also have a period military encampment set up in the "Field" where they will have various displays including musketry, cannon and horsemanship. They will also interact with visitors telling them what life would have been like for soldiers, the equipment they would have used and the lifes they would have led during various conflicts in Ireland. Willie Drennan’s Ulster Scots Band will also be performing and there will be a Religous Service. There will also be familiar cartoon characters around the town before the parade to keep the children entertained.


There will also be two competitions in the weeks leading up to the Festival to encourage children to get involved. There will be an art competition where we will ask children to paint, draw or express what the 12th July means to them in some other artistic medium. The judge will be local artist Mitch McDade, who had one of his paintings presented to Bill & Hillary Clinton, as well as being the chosen artist to do the official portrait of George Best by his family after his death. He also has done a number of artworks for a exhibition featured in the Belfast Telegraph. The competition will be split into two age groups which will be primary and secondary school ages.
There will also be a spot the flag competition where we will place flags representing countries which have Orange Lodges in them in local shop windows, the children will have to find the flags then figure out what country each flag represents. It will show how far the Orange / Ulster Scots traditions have spread throughout the world. The competition will be open to anyone under the age of 16.

For more information you can visit the Festival's dedicated website at donaghadee.info which gives even further details including route maps of the parade, details on the performers and further useful information.

The above events are subject to change without prior notification.

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