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    I had never come across the annual Orange marches until I came to Liverpool. My first experience was when I worked in Seel Street in 1974 and heard an incredible thumping of drums and the wail of bagpipes. Rushing up to Berry Street, I was mesmerised by a long procession of pipers, drummers, baton carriers [...]

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    The Orange Lodge was nothing unusual where i lived , they still marched in the 80's and still do today , sectarianism seems strange to an outsider , by outsider i mean someone who wasn't brought up with it . i was brought up with it all my life .. I was Catholic my friends were in the Orange Lodge , every Sunday or every other Sunday we'd cease to be mates , and call each other terrible names , they would paint obcenties on our Church doors , mostly it was LOL that stood for Loyal Orange Lodge , we'd call them Orange King Billy Ba$tards !
    My mother had a huge statue of Our Lady that got displayed in the window , overlooking the square where the Lodge gathered for their march , as they were coming through the tenements my mum would stand on our landing with her medal on a chain hanging over the landing ..
    The 12th or July was the worse , the tension was terrible , our next door neighbour who was prostestant , told my dad that Catholics robbed the houses of protestants while they were all in Southport , i remember my Mother fuming at this remark !
    Anyway the 12th came , and i will never forget our neighbours T.V. and furniture all crammed into our living room , he was ranting and raving when he come home from Southport , he knocked at our flat and was telling my mum , when my dad went to see him ..
    He said ' here you are lad , a Catholic was minding them for you in case you were burgled ' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm not sure what happened after that , i was only a kid , but the neighbour never made anymore anti Catholic remarks after that ...

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    Great story! I was shocked by some of the graffiti when I arrrived in 1970 - slogans painted on walls denouncing the Pope (Down with Popery) and Catholic ones proclaiming him (including one on the walls of the Met Cathedral - 'God Bless the Pope'). As you say, all rather strange to an outsider.

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    It still happens today Colin , My girls don't know what i'm talking about when i tell them these stories , i stopped it with my kids , but some don't and it becomes generational , like in Northern Ireland , they kids are taught hatred from an early age . If the parents don't stop it , who will ? Although things have improved greatly , it does still exist .

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    It's gone pretty quiet now,but there's still some, who would like to start it off again!

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