324th Annual Shutting of the Gates Commemoration
Each of the eight Parent Clubs that are the foundation of the Association are responsible for the traditions of the Commemorations on a rota, once every eight years. In 2012 it was the 324th Anniversary of the Shutting of the Gates, and the turn of the Murray Club that year; the next will be December 2020. This Gallery is the story of 2012, before the Siege Museum was built and the scaffold for the Lundy effigy was significantly updated. Then the scaffold was build Thursday night. Friday had the firing of the Cannon on the Walls at midnight followed by touching each of the four Gates of the Walled City in 1688. Saturday morning flags were erected on Walker's Plinth and Lundy raised on Bishop Street. There is a Parade to and from the Service of Thanksgiving at St Columb's Cathedral. A wreath is laid at the Siege Heroes Mound in the grounds of the Cathedral. The soles of the shoes have a nail for each year since the Shutting of the Gates - these had 324. The taper and the soles are presented on the day of Commemoration, to the Parent Club's nominees. Lundy is burned. The scaffold disassembled and everything is stored for the next year.