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Bands, Beacons and Bystanders by George Robb


  • The Duncairn Duncairn Avenue Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT14 6BP United Kingdom (map)

This work stems from Robb’s life experiences of living in in East Belfast since the age of six. A large part of his upbringing was associated with going to see ‘the bands’, the Loyal Orange Order demonstrations, 11th night bonfires and the 1st July Somme Commemoration Parade on the Beersbridge Road. The orange culture is seen to be unionist, loyalist and anti-Catholic. With the flag protests that took place in 2012 and civil unrest that followed,  it has become even more politicised. However, for George, and many like him, growing up with this culture was fun, celebratory and something to look forward to. George is in a mixed marriage, with half his family Catholic, but this does not stop him recalling the happy memories in an innocent, not ‘anti anything’ way.

 

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