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Friday, 6 July, 2001, 22:33 GMT 23:33 UK
Restrictions placed on Derry parade
The Orangemen have been barred from the West Bank area
The Orangemen have been barred from the West Bank area
The Northern Ireland Parades Commission has placed restrictions on the Orange Order's 12 July parade in Londonderry.

Visiting Orangemen have been banned from marching through the West Bank of the city.

Only members of one local lodge will be allowed to parade along the Protestant Order's preferred route, accompanied by one band.

Other lodges will be prevented from crossing Craigavon Bridge to parade round the city's war memorial.

Order refused talks

The commission made the ruling after the Orange Order refused to take part in talks with the Bogside Residents Group, which opposes the parade.

Thursday's parade by the Protestant Orange Order will be its first major demonstration in Derry for nine years.

The other main Orange Order 12 July demonstration site this year is Belfast.

The Orange Order said it was disappointed that it would not be able to parade around the Diamond in the city.

Ruling

In its ruling the commission said only Britannia Orange Lodge would be permitted to parade from the Fountain with its band to the Craigavon Bridge via Wapping lane and joining with the main parade across the bridge.

The Britannia lodge will also be the only lodge permitted to return to the Fountain through the Cityside area on the parade's return.

The rest of the parade will be restricted to the Waterside.

The nationalist Bogside Residents Group objected to the Orange Order's application to the Orangemen's proposed parade route through the Diamond area.

Last month the residents said they had lodged their objections with the Parades Commission because the Orange Order would not talk to them about the parade. The group said they were objecting to the Derry parade, because of the dispute over the Drumcree parade in Portadown, County Armagh.

On Thursday evening the commission decided to restrict the Drumcree parade away from the mainly nationalist Garvaghy Road.

However, the Garvaghy Road residents' group has been angered by the Orange Order's refusal to talk to them.

It is Orange Order policy not to speak to residents' groups.

The Apprentice Boys of Derry loyal order, which holds annual parades in Derry in August and December, has made agreements with the residents on its parades in recent years.

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