The Orange Order has released their plans to hold the ‘Twelfth in Lockdown’ after all Twelfth parade processions for 2020 were all cancelled as a result of COVID-19.
In an alternative to the traditional celebration, four days of activities will run from July 10-13th, with resources for all the family available at the Orange Orders website.
Activities being encouraged are 11th night BBQ’s, Twelfth morning (July13th) traditional Ulster Fry’s and a stay at home picnic following the ‘Platform Proceedings’, which will be streamed on the Orders YouTube channel and Social media accounts over the weekend, which will also include religious messages and resolutions.
Deputy Grand Master Harold Henning will take the lead in overseeing the various events. Speaking about the Twelfth at home events, Mr Henning said:
“This year will be a different Twelfth; but just because our parades and gatherings are cancelled, does not mean that we cannot celebrate King William’s momentous victory.
“Quite the opposite, our challenge is to ensure this Twelfth is marked in style; online, in your home, at your door, with families and neighbours. Together we can make it a fun-filled, extra-special – socially distanced 12th – that will be talked about for years.
Encouraging individuals and families to take park, the Deputy Grand Master went on to say:
“So begin by planning to suitably decorate your home, street, village or town – fly the flag, proudly and respectfully. Encourage children and grandchildren to watch our craft videos and create Orange Lilies and bunting or brush up your history by reading about William’s Generals.“
In conclusion Mr Henning reminded those planning to take part of the current COVID-19 regulations:
“However, during our celebrations let us be mindful that the priority in 2020 is to look after everyone’s health this Twelfth as we continue the battle against Coronavirus. Please ensure you comply with the lockdown regulations in existence over the period.”
The Order will also be launchings its own pop up radio station – ‘Radio Boyne’ – which will run over the four days with ‘Traditional tunes, popular songs and hymns alongside heritage, history and information programmes will provide easy listening and set the scene for the big day’ according to the official Radio Boyne webpage.