Apprentice Boys set for annual parade
The annual Apprentice Boys parade is set to take place in Londonderry.
Earlier, thousands gathered in Derry as local Apprentice Boys clubs held a smaller morning parade along the city’s historic walls amid a highly visible police presence in and around the city.
Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the main Apprentice Boys march later for the biggest loyal order parade in Northern Ireland.
Over 135 bands are expected to accompany Apprentice Boys as they parade through the city centre on Saturday afternoon.
The annual parade is held to mark the lifting of the siege of Derry over 300 years ago.
This was once a highly contentious parade but many of those issues were resolved following years of negotiations between the Apprentice Boys and nationalist residents groups.
However, violence broke out in the nationalist Bogside area towards the end of the parade last year as police were attack with petrol bombs and a pipe bomb.
The PSNI are warning motorists to expect delays on Saturday as the parade will take a number of hours to pass through the city centre.