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Loyalist flute band march through the city

 

Apprentice Boys of Derry

Apprentice Boys of Derry web site

 

 

Concerns have been expressed by district councillors about a march through city streets scheduled for Saturday 14 April. And it seems that the elected officials had never been consulted about the proposal.

The decision to give permission for the march to take place was taken by the council's Inverness area managers in consultation with the Northern Constabularty; but reportedly without the knowledge of some, if not all, the city councillors.

 

See report from the Press and Journal: ANGER AT  SILENCE  ON  MARCH  BY  LOYALISTS

and the Inverness Courier's account of the story.

 

Rev. Dr. Malcolm Macinnes of the Inverness Associated Presbyterian Church stated: 

"If the march had been given permission by elected councillors through the normal democratic channels, then I would accept that.

If however the consultative process has been bypassed then I would be concerned - on this or any other occasion."

Pastor Samuel McKibben is the Superintendent of the Highland Network of Christian Fellowships: he has many years experience of working with Christian groupings throughout the whole area.

"From having grown up in Glasgow, I am well aware of the problems arising out of sectarianism.

As a Christian Leader it gives me no pleasure to hear of the first Apprentice Boys march in Inverness. It is sad that memories of the tensions and trouble that took place so long ago are being continually revived for no profit to society.
The BBC reported that 'these marches have proved controversial and have lead to protests”. On one occasion those protests cost the tax payers some £5 million.'
The Christian message is in no way connected to such demonstrations which emphasise division and most often give rise to strife."


To view a video clip af a recent march at Londonderry <click here>


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Update Monday 16/04/07 (source Press and Journal)

 

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Christians Together, 16/04/2007

Feedback:
Editor 16/04/2007 11:32
A Highland Council spokesman has been quoted as saying that the European Convention on Human Rights meant the council cannot prevent or control marches on land it does not own, "unless the risk to public order outweighs the presumption of freedom of expression"
Jock (Guest) 09/02/2012 20:20
I'm a protestant and I don't want to see those troublemakers marching in The Highlands, this is a relatively new phenomenom for Inverness, brought to the town, I believe, by people from further south and it should have been stamped out the moment it reared it's ugly head.
(Guest) 09/04/2012 21:30
This has not happened twice, but 5 times - the most recent of which being this Easter Weekend on Saturday 7 April 2012.
david campbell (Guest) 14/02/2014 15:44
the march is a protestant tradition, and a right of our civil and religious liberties, anyone who opposes does through blind naked anti protestantism or simple ignorance and intolerance, no wonder people cannot live together..
John Miller 14/02/2014 18:33
It may. Be "a Protestant tradition" but it has little to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ or the teaching of God's word.
Stevie (Guest) 05/04/2014 16:59
People would be better actually educating themselves about what the ABOD stand for

Apprentice Boys of Derry Association are an historical organisation whose members are committed to maintaining the spirit of liberty displayed by the Apprentice Boys in 1688 against oppression. The Apprentice Boys perpetuate that spirit of liberty, inherent to the Reformed Protestant faith, by faithfully commemorating the “Derry Celebrations” within the Maiden City and in other localities, keeping alive the memory of the Brave 13 and the heroic sacrifices of the besieged within the Walls. The Association raises its profile to audiences beyond the City, through parades, exhibitions, lectures and any other appropriate means of communication.

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