Whiterock Orange parade passes off peacefully

Saturday 29 June 2013 16.33
Hundreds of PSNI officers were on duty for the event in Belfast
Hundreds of PSNI officers were on duty for the event in Belfast

The contentious Whiterock Orange parade has passed off peacefully in Belfast.

Hundreds of PSNI officers were on duty for what is often one of the marching season's most disputed events.

In keeping with a ruling by the Parades Commission, only a small number of marchers were let parade along the section of the Springfield Road close to nationalist homes.

A number of residents and community representatives held up placards, calling on the Orange Order to engage in dialogue.

But there were no violent incidents and no arrests were made.

For several months representatives from different areas of Belfast have been holding private discussions in an effort to reduce tensions at interface areas during the marching season.