The Ulster Unionist Party Assembly member for Newry & Armagh, Danny Kennedy MLA has warmly congratulated the WDM, Officers and members of Newtownhamilton District LOL No 9 for organising what he described as a “glorious and memorable” Twelfth demonstration in the town on Fridaylast.
Mr Kennedy praised the organisers for making the event a very special expression of Orange culture in County Armagh. He described the parade as a “unique carnival” which was enjoyed by the many thousands of marchers, band members and spectators who had flocked to the venue from all over County Armagh and much further afield.
Mr Kennedy, who participated in the parade as a member of TullyvallenSilver Band and a Bessbrook Orangeman, said he was impressed by the great family atmosphere which existed. He said he was pleased that the Twelfth in County Armagh had now returned to its historic position as a day of fun and cultural expression enjoyed by all and threatening to no one.
Mr Kennedy also complimented Newtownhamilton District for the series of events which led up to the Twelfth itself, including the family fun evening. He described these events as very enjoyable and well organised.
Mr Kennedy also thanked the various agencies, such as Newry & MourneDistrict Council and DRD Roads Service, who had co-operated with theorganisers in ensuring that Newtownhamilton looked so well for all of the festivities.