Thousands attend Somme Commemoration

Published Tuesday, 01 July 2014
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Thousands of people have lined the streets in east Belfast for this year's Somme Commemoration parade.

The march marks the 98th anniversary of the battle - part of the route takes in the Short Strand interface.

It passed off without incident on Tuesday evening with a heavy police presence in the background.

Police received reports of minor stone throwing following the parade, including a broken window at Strand Walk. One male was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

The march takes place as politicians held separate talks with the Parades Commission over a contentious Twelfth of July parade in north Belfast.

Earlier, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at Belfast City Hall.

Thousands of men from all parts of Ireland, who served in the 36th Ulster Division and the 16th Irish, lost their lives when the battle began on 1 July, 1916.

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Tommy atkins in London, England wrote (25 days ago):
Andrew in England I spent many tours of N Ireland in the 70s and 80s. I am neither Anti unionist, or Pro republican However I am against any degrading parades that are carried out under the banner the false of commemoration. These "So called N Irish parades ' in honor of the fallen should be solemn and highly respectful. That is NOT the case in N Ireland
seanie in dungannon wrote (25 days ago):
why cant oo parades be as peaceful as this one.......
calling out a fool in here wrote (25 days ago):
@Michael in Templepatrick I can see how your so oppressed by being able to express your never ending anti anything but you opinions....idiot.
Andrew in United kingdom wrote (25 days ago):
@ tommy atkins, are you sure your from england????? Because everytime i read ANY comment from you its either anti unionist or pro republican, why is it that british people remembering our fallen heroes results in a negative comment from you
Tommy atkins in London, England wrote (26 days ago):
There are commemorative parades in London every November for our WW1 and WW2 . These are held early on a Sunday morning so traffic is not disrupted. It consists of a very dignified parade past the Cenotaph after wreath, laying ceremonies accompanied with solemn, respectful, classical music This is not only dignified but also but also shows true respect N Ireland needs to adopt this practice and get rid of their rabble parades which have lost their true meaning
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