HUNDREDS of Orange Order supporters are due to descend on Brixham on October 30 to commemorate one of the most significant events in British history.

Around 200 people from across the country are due to arrive in the fishing port to mark November 5, 1688, when William of Orange sailed from Holland and landed on British soil.

The staunch Protestant and soldier, considered by British aristocracy to be the ideal man to halt the spread of Catholicism, arrived in Brixham with a fleet of 600 ships and 15,500 soldiers and set about overthrowing the reigning monarchy.

Orange Order supporters, wearing costumes and sashes, will march from the town's police station to the war memorial above the lifeboat station where wreathes will be laid.

Among them will be around 40 members of the Drumming for Heroes group, who are planning to transport the enormous Irish Lambeg Drum, which weighs about two stone, through England, Scotland and then over to Northern Ireland where they will carry it from Carrickfergus to The Boyne Centre at Drogheda.

The group previously raised thousands of pounds carrying the drum to the top of Ben Nevis in 2008.

Organiser Colin Girvan said: “The idea is to start off in Brixham, the landing place of King William III.

“We wanted to do this challenge for Help for Heroes as it's a great charity that has caught the imagination of lots of people.”

The Brixham march will end at the Prince William statue for a service near the inner harbour.

Published on the 6th of October 2010
Article taken from the Thisis South Devon

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