THIS year’s Orange Lodge Parade is set to return to the streets of Southport this summer following a two year absence.
The 2022 parade, organised by Liverpool Provincial Grand Lodge, will take place in the resort on Tuesday, July 12 – the first time it is being held in the town since before the pandemic.
Last year a scaled down version took place in Liverpool and the Southport event was scrapped entirely due to the Covid-19 restrictions at the time.
Provincial Grand Master Steve Kingston said: “It will be a great pleasure to return to the streets of both Liverpool and Southport, to once again celebrate King Williams victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, and the freedoms secured for us during his reign".
Every 12th July, Orange Lodges from around the UK gather and march in Liverpool before travelling to Southport. Once here they march from London Street, across Lord Street and onto Nevill Street, then along the Promenade towards Princes Park.
Lodge members and their supporters then enjoy a day out in Southport before reforming and travelling back towards Liverpool.
The march brings thousands of visitors into Southport town centre every year, providing a substantial boost for a number of local businesses.
This summer’s parades will start at 8.30am in Liverpool from Netherfield Road, and Mill Street Liverpool, to the vicinity of St George's Hall, then at around 10.30am from London Street, Southport to Princes Park.
Return parades commence around 5pm from Princes Park, Southport, then 7.15pm approximately from Pall Mall Liverpool.
Mr Kingston added: “I hope that all who witness our parades will have an enjoyable time, watching young and old alike, maintaining our traditional parades which have been held for more than 200 years by Merseyside Lodges.”