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The Parades Commission's Determination in Relation to the Drumcree Church Parade on 4 July 1999

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The following is the decision of the Parades Commission in relation to the parade notified by Portadown District LOL No 1 for Sunday 4 July, 1999. Section 8(1) of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998, provides that : "The Commission may issue a determination in respect of a proposed public procession imposing on the persons organising or taking part in it such conditions as the Commission considers necessary." The Commission has noted the details provided on Form 11/1 submitted on 3 June 1999.

The Commission has considered the need to issue a determination as outlined above, against the factors described in its Guidelines document.


  1. The Commission imposes the following conditions on the organiser of, and all participants in, the parade organised by Portadown District LOL No1 on Sunday 4 July, 1999.
  2. In respect of the outward parade, the parade is prohibited from entering that part of the route between the junction of High Street and Woodhouse Street and the junction of Obins Street and Charles Street, or any part of that route. The parade shall process from its point of departure at Carleton Street into Church Street, Market Street and High Street to the junction of Castle Street, turning back along High Street and Market Street, before turning into West Street. From West Street it shall turn into Northway and join the Corcrain Road. It shall then process along the Corcrain Road into Charles Street, along Charles Street to the Dungannon Road - Moy Road roundabout, along the Dungannon Road to the Rector's Turn, Drumcree Road to Drumcree Church.
  3. In respect of the return parade, the parade is prohibited from proceeding beyond Drumcree Parish Church, Drumcree Road, or entering that part of the notified route which includes the entire length of the Garvaghy Road, including Parkmount and Victoria Terrace. The return parade shall, therefore, retrace the outward route as detailed above, or alternatively parade participants shall disperse no later than 2.30pm from Drumcree Parish Church. 4.

In addition the following conditions are imposed:

a When the procession is in progress there shall be no undue stoppages or delays.
bThe organiser shall arrange for the presence of an adequate number of stewards to ensure that all parade participants behave in an orderly manner.
cThe organiser shall ensure that only the three notified bands, namely the Star of David Accordion Band, the Edgarstown Accordion Band and the Mavemacullen Accordion Band shall accompany the procession.
dThe organisers shall ensure that these conditions are brought to the attention of all participants, including bands, at the assembly point.
eThe organiser shall ensure that all directions by police in relation to the parade are promptly obeyed.

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