The Apprentice Boys of Derry have cancelled the organisation’s invitation to Branch Clubs outside Londonderry city to the annual relief parade.
The organisation nonetheless intends to press ahead with commemorations, albeit by Londonderry members alone.
The Apprentice Boys’ statement is as follows:
“It is with regret that General Committee has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the usual invite to branch clubs and bands to attend the celebrations in Londonderry on the August 14, 2021.
As the United Kingdom struggles to overcome the ongoing virus, and the death and illness it has caused amongst all communities, it would be selfish of general committee to expect our members and friends to travel to the Maiden City for the customary celebrations.
We are reminded that we all have a part to play in keeping others safe. Bringing thousands to the streets of Londonderry in current circumstances would be irresponsible.
We do however request our members to commemorate the loss and sacrifice of the besieged, and all those who have given their all for civil and religious liberty in dignified acts of remembrance, across the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and further afield.”
Hoping our Association can get back to normality in the near future.
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