Orange parade passes peacefully in Belfast

Saturday 23 February 2013 22.45
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There were no disturbances at the orange parade
There were no disturbances at the orange parade
40 people protested outside the PSNI headquarters at Knock on the outskirts of Belfast this afternoon
40 people protested outside the PSNI headquarters at Knock on the outskirts of Belfast this afternoon

Over 1,000 members of the Orange Order marched through Belfast city centre this afternoon in a parade that passed off peacefully.

The demonstration was to commemorate two Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers who were killed by an IRA bomb on Belfast's Royal Avenue, 25 years ago.

Privates James Cummings and Fred Starrett, who were also Orange Order members, died as a result of the explosion in 1988.

A service conducted by Free Presbyterian Minister Reverend David McIlveen was held near the site of a security gate on Royal Avenue where the bomb was detonated.

Significant numbers of PSNI officers were on duty outside Saint Matthew's Catholic Church when the parade made its way back to east Belfast.

Elsewhere, a crowd of around 40 people protested outside the PSNI headquarters at Knock on the outskirts of Belfast this afternoon.

Their demonstration was linked to the on-going Union flag controversy.

The group were also complaining about how the PSNI have policed recent events.

Today's gathering passed off peacefully.

Hundreds of extra police officers were was duty in Belfast today.

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