THE annual Apprentice Boys parade is under way in Derry.
It is one of the biggest parades held in the North of Ireland and marks the anniversary of the ending of the Siege of Derry in 1689.
Members of the Apprentice Boys, accompanied by bands, are marching around the city’s historic walls.
Then after a wreath laying ceremony in the Diamond, there will be a religious service in St Columb’s Cathedral before the main parade gets under way.
The governor of the organisation, Graeme Stenhouse, said great work had been done behind the scenes in recent years to help promote tolerance and respect.
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.
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.
The ending of the siege is known as the Relief of Derry.
Traffic diversions will be in operation in the city during today.Tags: