King William returns to town on horseback

King William made his return to Carrickfergus in glorious sunshine on Saturday afternoon during the annual pageant.

The 324th anniversary of the historic landing was re-enacted at the waterfront with “increased pageantry” including a return to mounted duty for the royal visitor (see pics in this week’s Carrick Times, on sale now).

William on horseback. INCT 25-012-PSB

William on horseback. INCT 25-012-PSB

In recent years, the king has walked alongside his trusty steed, however at the weekend he was clearly visibly to the delight of the crowds who gathered to greet his arrival at the harbour shortly after lunch-time.The programme organised by Carrick Council in partnership with District Loyal Orange Lodge No.19 also included family entertainment at Castle Green, while Lagan Valley Orange Historical Society hosted an exhibition in the Town Hall.

Past District Master, Councillor Jim McClurg said: “It was a cracking day, a big crowd, tremendous. There were lodges from Scotland and Liverpool and juniors from Liverpool who took part in the pageant. We are hoping to build on the success next year.”

Meanwhile, the PSNI seized in excess of 70 items of alcohol following the pageant. It was, police added, seized as a result of 14 interventions.