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Apprentice Boys: Clyde Valley Flute Band ‘not welcome’ in future

Apprentice Boys: Clyde Valley Flute Band ‘not welcome’ in future
Apprentice Boys: Clyde Valley Flute Band ‘not welcome’ in future
Image caption The police flanked individuals of Clydevalley Flute Band from Larne throughout Saturday’s parade

A band that wore a Parachute Regiment brand at an Apprentice Boys parade in Londonderry will have to now not march in town once more, a parades negotiator says.

Garvan O’Doherty mentioned the Parachute Regiment insignia with the letter ‘F’ breached an settlement reached forward of Saturday’s parade.

It used to be worn by way of individuals of Clyde Valley Flute Band from Larne.

The Apprentice Boys mentioned they recognised the possible disillusioned brought about by way of the logo.

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Media caption‘We recognise that this will likely have brought about disillusioned’

Thirteen other folks had been shot lifeless when individuals of the Army’s Parachute Regiment opened hearth on civil rights demonstrators on Bloody Sunday in Derry in 1972.

An ex-paratrooper, referred to as Soldier F, is dealing with prosecution for 2 murders.

Image caption Members of Clydevalley Flute Band from Larne wore the logo with the letter ‘F’ on their shirts throughout Saturday’s parade

Mr O’Doherty, who has been concerned in parades discussions for twenty years, mentioned he attended conferences with Bogside citizens and Apprentice Boys each in early July and once more in early August.

“We all agreed at the meeting we didn’t want political or sectarian messages and we all agreed that we would do all that we can to make sure that didn’t take place,” he mentioned.

“Clearly, this band slipped through, one band out of 145 chooses to cause a bit of turmoil. We can’t let the band ruin the process; we cannot let this process be derailed.”

He added: “I wouldn’t have them about the city anymore.”

On Tuesday night time, the Apprentice Boys governor, Graeme Stenhouse, mentioned the unswerving order had “no prior knowledge of the band’s uniform, or this incident, until the conclusion of the main parade on Bond Street”.

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Media captionApprentice Boys: Police parade manner ‘saved other folks protected’

“We recognise this may have caused upset to many in the nationalist community,” he mentioned.

Police had escorted the band throughout Saturday’s parade and later stopped the band’s bus.

Mr Stenhouse mentioned the parade will have to now not be used as a method to “heighten tensions in a shared city”.

The governor once more rejected claims that an settlement about symbols supporting the Parachute Regiment were put in position ahead of the march.

‘Strong considerations’

“This agreement never took place,” he mentioned.

“We would never place our marshals under such difficult circumstances.”

The DUP and UUP met PSNI officers one by one on Tuesday to talk about Saturday’s policing operation.

Democratic Unionist Party chief Arlene Foster mentioned that numerous loyalists are involved by way of the police manner.

UUP chief Robin Swann mentioned the police “intervention could’ve been handled in a completely different way”.

Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin mentioned he had “listened carefully to all the strong concerns that have been raised” and that there might be a complete debrief of the pressure’s movements.

Clyde Valley Flute Band mentioned that the logo on their shirts used to be an expression of “a legitimately held view which they are entitled to hold”.

“The officers of the band wish to correct any false impression which may be held regarding the band’s uniform being deliberately provocative and specifically designed for the parade in Londonderry,” the band mentioned in a commentary.

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