Orange Order march in Harrogate

A controversial Orange Order march is taking place through Harrogate to mark Prince William of Orange's victory over King James II at the battle of the Boyne in 1690

Harrogate hosts first ever Orange Order march

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Orange Order march through Harrogate

Their marches are normally part of the poltical fabric of Northern Ireland, but today the spa of Harrogate hosted its first ever Orange march. It was the brainchild of a local man but it was attended by other Orange groups from around the UK.

There were initial fears that there could have been counter protests from the catholic community. But the march passed off without any visible opposition.

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Orange Order march in Harrogate

Up to 200 people are expected to take part in a controversial Orange Order march in Harrogate today.

The organisers, the Harrogate Sons of William, say they are expressing their opinion and do not intend to cause offence to the Catholic Church.

We have spoken to Councillor Geoff Webber about the march.