Parade marks 100 years since gunrunning

Parade marks 100 years since gunrunning

An Orange Order parade has been held in Larne to mark the centenary of the 1914 Ulster gunrunning.

The commemoration event on Thursday was held exactly 100 years since the landing of weapons in the Co Antrim town amid unionist opposition to Home Rule in Ireland.Up to 25,000 rifles and five million rounds of ammunition were smuggled into Larne, Bangor and Donaghadee for the Ulster Unionist Council to equip the UVF.The main parade, organised by Larne District LOL No 1, marched through the town centre, to a memorial on Bay Road where a short service was held and poppy wreaths were laid.Harry Carter, Larne District Master told UTV: "It's very important that we remember what has happened in those days, but we are also very conscious that we have to move forward as a peaceful province and what everybody wants is peace."But it's only right that we should commemorate this event of one hundred years ago."

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