Derry traders say it's 'business as usual' ahead of Lundy parade

Fri, 02/12/2011 - 14:42 -- Editor

Derry City Centre Traders say it's going to be business as usual tomorrow ahead of the planned Lundy's Parade.

Up to 1,500 Apprentice Boys are expected to descend on the city tomorrow, marching across the Craigavon Bridge and through the city from 11.30am.

Martin McCrossan from City Tours, spokesman for the City Centre Traders, said tomorrow will be 'business as usual' for shops in the city.

"We are looking forward to a peaceful, busy day," said Martin. "Shops and traders will be open and ready to serve customers. The marchers will do what they do, the shoppers will do what they do. There is absolutely no tension.

"There are some great bargains about in the city centre shops, and many of the restaurants are offering some great deals. There are fantastic Euro rates available. Everywhere will be open, it's business as usual."

The annual burning of Lundy and associated march takes place in the city to commemorate the 323rd anniversary of the shutting of the gates before the Siege of Derry in 1689. Members of the loyal order – accompanied by a number of bands – will parade through the city centre and attend a religious service before an effigy of the traitor Lundy is burned in Bishop Street.

Police have outlined routes and possible traffic distruption for Saturaday's parade. Visiting Branch clubs taking part in the Saturday 3rd December parade will assemble at the Railway Station in the Waterside at about 11.00am and the parade will set off at 11.30am.The route will take the clubs and bands from Duke Street across the top deck of Craigavon Bridge and then via Carlisle Road, Hawkin Street, London Street, Bishop Street and Palace Lane to the Memorial Hall.At 12:45 pm the local William King Memorial Band will assemble in Kennedy Street and make its way to the Memorial Hall. Then at 1:15 pm the main parade will assemble and make its way along Bishop Street to the Diamond and then into Ferryquay Street, Carlisle Road, Wapping Lane, Kennedy Place, Kennedy Street, Hawkin Street and London Street to St Columb’s Cathedral for a church service. Motorists are advised to expect delays as the parade passes through the Diamond.After the service ends, at about 3pm, the parade will return via a reversed route to the assembly point. Again, motorists should expect delays as the parade makes its way across the Diamond from Ferryquay Street to Bishop Street.At about 3:15 pm the effigy of Lundy will be burned at the junction of Bishop Street and Society Street. At around 3:30 pm the visiting Clubs will parade back to the railway station, reversing their morning route.The parade is expected to disperse at approximately 4:15 pm.