Tomorrow is 12th July?

The 12th was a big day for us young Belfast Protestant boys in the early 1950s. The 11th July was almost as big, it was bonfire night. Any wood not nailed down ended upon the bonfire, streets were decorated red white and blue, union jacks hanging from many houses . Exciting times that I, and probably most boys my age did not understand the reasons why. King William of Orange ! All we knew about him, he beat the Catholics in 1609 or was it 1690, we were supposed to remember! Today I look back on this celebration as a sad legacy and terrible source of hatred and trouble in my grand old city of Belfast and Ulster. I wonder how much longer these taunting and provoking parades will continue. Do the younger generations understand much as we did in the 1950s. Or hopefully, are wiser and better educated than we were. I can only hope that tomorrow will be a peaceful March without the violence of previous years.         God Bless and keep reading.                                                                    

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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