The Fermanagh Royal Black commemoration will take place this Saturday, August 6 in Maguiresbridge, with a service and parade.

Approximately 35 preceptories, accompanied by as many bands, will parade in Maguiresbridge to commemorate the 1689 Battle of Newtownbutler.

Sir Knights from three local districts will be joined by visiting members from the neighbouring border counties of Cavan, Monaghan and other counties.

This year’s parade will be hosted by Maguiresbridge Golden Star RBP 1018. Starting at 12.30pm, the preceptories and bands will assemble at the Hunter’s Sports Field, Tempo Road, Maguiresbridge before the main procession through the village to the demonstration field on the Lisnaskea Road for the main commemoration event.

Among those taking part will be the Institution’s Sovereign Grand Master Rev William Anderson; County Fermanagh Grand Master Tom Elliott; and other senior members of the Loyal Order.

The reading of resolutions and a religious service, will get under way at 2pm, with praise led by Letterbreen Silver Band.

The Sovereign Grand Master will be the guest speaker on the resolutions, and County Chaplain Sir Knight Rev Rodney Beacom will conduct the service.

Speaking to The Impartial Reporter, County Grandmaster Tom Elliott said: “We are looking forward to the commemoration resuming in its traditional form.

“Like many organisations we have undergone many restrictions due to Covid. Last year we had a scaled down event, held in Kesh.

“This is the first year of the event returning to its traditional focus, and the organisers have done a magnificent job to get everything ready.

“It will be a great day out for all the family – a wonderful spectacle with some top-grade music on display.”

Rev. Anderson said: “I am looking forward to the parade and religious service in Fermanagh, and the opportunity to renew acquaintances and meet new friends.

“Institution members in the scenic lakeland county are noted for delivering a relaxed, family-focused event.”

A variety of bands will take part, including Moyne Pipe Band, Sister Susan Graham Accordion Band, Brookeborough Flute Band, and Tempo Silver Band.

Motorists are advised that there will be minor traffic disruption for a short period on the day as the parade takes place.

August 27 will see the Royal Black’s traditional Last Saturday parades – this year at Ballyclare, Bangor, Dromore, Killylea, Portrush and Sion Mills.

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