VIDEO: Bomb scares in Londonderry follow annual burning of Lundy

Thousands braved the winds and rain of Storm Desmond for the annual Shutting of the Gates ceremony in Londonderry on Saturday.

And the weather nearly defied tradition as Apprentice Boys officials struggled to get a sodden effigy of Lundy to burn in Bishop Street - although eventually the flames did take hold.

The William King Memorial Flute Band taking part in Saturday's parade. INLS4915-125KM

The William King Memorial Flute Band taking part in Saturday's parade. INLS4915-125KM

The parades passed off peacefully as they have done for many years, but the day was marred by two security alerts in the city.

The Waterside Railway station was closed after a suspect device was found in the area just as the parade returned from the Diamond over Craigavon Bridge to the Waterside.

A second device was found on the Quarry steps leading up from Spencer Road to the Top of the Hill area of Gobnascale.

A spokesperson from the PSNI said: “Police in Londonderry are currently in attendance at security alerts in the Quarry Steps area of Spencer Road and the railway station following the report of objects having been left both areas.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said, “The railway station has been evacuated and the line between Coleraine and Derry closed as a search of the area is conducted. Cordons are in place and the Foyle Arena has been opened for anyone inconvenienced by the alerts. There are no further details at this time.”