Slugger12th coverage continues…

If you weren’t aware we’re providing ongoing coverage of the 12th July celebrations today both on the live blog and on Twitter through the #slugger12th hashtag… Please feel free to join in… send us your pictures or videos of the day and let us know where they were taken… We can put them up on Slugger’s Flickr photostream, or link to your own online pages… This one is from Belfast Gonzo and features two African Orangemen and reveller at the Bangor field… No serious trouble so far, although one unconfirmed report of arrests on the Springfield Road.. Update: Gonzo’s video interview with Drew Nelson to follow…And this with Nelson McCausland with his back turned… And there’s the blacked up Smurfs

  • Yokel

    As mentioned on ones live blog fest the Springfield Road had plenty of activity this morning about 9.30 but in relative terms the cops kept it fairly low profile in the disputed zone with the exception of the TSU guys inside the Springvale Campus area. The rest of the TSU seemed to have parked in West Circular out of sight.

    The local community protest with banner had arrived there (maybe 100 or so at most but it looked less) and its number didnt look to be substantially being added to at that time with only a handful of people seemingly walking their way up from further down the Springfield Road.

    It didnt look too bad though and I’ve certainly seen it much worse when I used to live up West though there was an obvious tense undercurrent it didnt seem too big a deal.

    The pic above is a lovely show of how the common Orange bond extends across the globe and different cultures; two dignified men in their neat suits and er, some North Down milly in a plastic hat…..

  • jone
  • eranu

    i remember seeing a documentary about the orange order some years ago and some african lodges were featured. they were more about their genuine Christian faith than anything else. i wish the local orange lodges could follow the example of the african lodges a bit more. i hope everyone visiting NI at the min enjoys their time here.

  • Loyal Orange Ulster Sons Enclave

    Is there a more tolerant, brotherly, loving organization on the face of God’s orange earth than the Orange Order? Why can’t we all just get along?

  • CBTD

    That snap gives new meaning to the phrase “black barstewards”….

  • michael

    “i remember seeing a documentary about the orange order some years ago and some african lodges were featured. they were more about their genuine Christian faith than anything else. ”

    I do remember that documentary, the orange men had catholics playing music for them and cheering them along as they marched. Like you said, all in all, it was a collective celebration of their christian faith, regardless of which branch of the christian faith they belonged to.

  • caoimhin

    I think I saw these two lads in one out of every two photos of the parades.

    Real effert on behalf of the media to paint a picture. lol.

  • Drummer Different

    Your lead Photo reminds me of another photo taken by the East End radical photo collective – Camerawork – it was of two fully armed RUC men either side of a grinning bride a very powerful image