A loyalist band parade held up for several hours after the discovery of a suspicious device is underway in a County Antrim village

A security alert was declared in Rasharkin when the device was found at 1730 BST at the rear of an Orange hall in the villages Main Street.

Residents in nearby Rencullen Park were moved from their homes as an Army bomb squad examined the object.

The parade is now underway using an alternative route.

Police had said the parade would not be able to take place until the area had been declared safe.

Several hundred parade supporters waited at the police cordon for the parade to begin.

Published date on the 20th of August 2010
Article taken from the BBC News Northern Ireland