THE Royal Black Preceptory has cancelled all of its planned events in 2020, including its ‘Last Saturday’ demonstration in Raphoe.
The demonstration was due to be hosted by the Raphoe Royal Black Preceptory on August 29.
Picture: Members of the Royal Black Preceptory march in Raphoe in 2016 (North West Newspix)
Over 40 preceptories were set to converge on Raphoe, with around 3,000 lodge members anticipated.
However, the Raphoe demonstration, along with other events in Ballyclare, Dromore, Bangor, Killylea and Castlederg have been cancelled.
The Sovereign Grand Master, Rev William Anderson, confirmed the decision.
“While it is regrettable that this decision has to be taken, the coronavirus pandemic means we are living in difficult and uncertain times, and we appreciate completely our obligations under Government regulations that are likely to be with us for the foreseeable future,” he said.
“The protection of our members, band members, and all our friends and supporters that take part in and enjoy our processions is paramount, together with our responsibility for the wider community.”
Raphoe last staged the event in 2016. Back in 2005, the organisation held its first ever parade in the Republic of Ireland. A demonstration followed at Sparrow Hill.Tags: