Gallery: Apprentice Boys stage ‘Shutting of the Gates’ ceremony

A member of the Broomhedge Branch of the No Surrender Club. INLS4916-129KM

A member of the Broomhedge Branch of the No Surrender Club. INLS4916-129KM

Hundreds of Apprentice Boys marched through the streets of Londonderry on Saturday to mark the annual burning of Lundy.

The traditional event commemorates the anniversary of the shutting of the gates before the Siege of Derry in 1689.

The head of the parade on Saturday. INLS4916-108KM

The head of the parade on Saturday. INLS4916-108KM

Participants, accompanied by 29 bands, paraded through the city centre before an effigy of Lt Col Robert Lundy, known as Lundy the Traitor, was burned in Bishop Street.

PSNI Ch Insp Alan Hutton said there was one arrest in relation to disorderly behaviour but added that the day passed off without major incident.

He also praised the “tremendous work that goes on over a long period of time and achieves very positive results”.

Apprentice Boys Governor Jim Brownee said: “The day went better than expected; in fact it was almost faultless.

A young standard bearer with the Caw Flute Band. INLS4916-117KM

A young standard bearer with the Caw Flute Band. INLS4916-117KM

“It is hard to judge how many people were there but I would say at least 2,500.

“I want to pour praise on the marshalls, who did an excellent job.”

Mr Brownlee said the large number of spectators would undoubtedly have yielded a “positive economic impact” for the city.

He added that the annual parade now has a reputation for being a family friendly event.

The bass drummer with the Pride of William Flute Band, Donemana. INLS4916-115KM

The bass drummer with the Pride of William Flute Band, Donemana. INLS4916-115KM

Mr Brownlee said: “It was once portrayed as a sectarian event, but that is no longer the case.

“People from all walks of life can come along and have an enjoyable time.”

This member of the Ballywillan Branch of the Murray Club whistles along with the bands. INLS4916-114KM

This member of the Ballywillan Branch of the Murray Club whistles along with the bands. INLS4916-114KM

Reggie Donaldson of the No Surrender Parent Club setting the effigy of Lundy alight on Saturday. INLS4916-112KM

Reggie Donaldson of the No Surrender Parent Club setting the effigy of Lundy alight on Saturday. INLS4916-112KM

Jim Brownlee, right, Governor, and Graeme Stenhouse, Lieutenant Governor of the General Committee, pictured beside the effigy of Lundy. INLS4916-107KM

Jim Brownlee, right, Governor, and Graeme Stenhouse, Lieutenant Governor of the General Committee, pictured beside the effigy of Lundy. INLS4916-107KM

Amber McClay and Hannah Rutherford, Burntollet Sons of Ulster Flute Band. INLS4916-106KM

Amber McClay and Hannah Rutherford, Burntollet Sons of Ulster Flute Band. INLS4916-106KM

Stephen Spratt, Robert Jackson and Tommy Reid of the Walker Parent Club. INLS4916-105KM

Stephen Spratt, Robert Jackson and Tommy Reid of the Walker Parent Club. INLS4916-105KM

Lauren Alcorn and Hollie Pearson of the Star of the Roe Flute Band, Limavady. INLS4916-104KM

Lauren Alcorn and Hollie Pearson of the Star of the Roe Flute Band, Limavady. INLS4916-104KM

Stephen McElwee, Alderman Maurice Devenney, Richard Kincaid and Jamie Williamson of the Mitchelburne Parent Club. INLS4916-103KM

Stephen McElwee, Alderman Maurice Devenney, Richard Kincaid and Jamie Williamson of the Mitchelburne Parent Club. INLS4916-103KM