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Monday 24 November 2014

In Pictures: Thousands attend Ulster Covenant parade

Orangemen  march to Stormont estate  during  Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
Orangemen march to Stormont estate during Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
Orangemen march to Stormont estate during Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
Orangemen march to Stormont estate during Saturday's Ulster Covenant centenary parade
The 100th year anniversary march to commemorate the signing of the Ulster Covenant begins its route from Carlise Circus in Belfast to Stormont
Two female loyalists shout their approval as the 100th year anniversary march to commemorate the signing of the Ulster Covenant begins its route from Carlise Circus in Belfast to Stormont
PUP leader Billy Hutchinson pictured at City Hall
The 100th year anniversary march to commemorate the signing of the Ulster Covenant begins its route from Carlise Circus in Belfast to Stormont
The Ulster Covenant centenary parade makes its way up the Newtownards Road in east Belfast
A mock signing of the Ulster Covenant took place before the Commemorations at City Hall
Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast
Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast
Ulster Covenant centenary parade in Belfast
Ulster Covenant centenary parade passes St Patrick's Church in Belfast
Protesters pictured at Carrick Hill in north Belfast as the Ulster Covenant parade goes past
An Orange man pictured at the back of Carlisle Circus Orange Hall in north Belfast before the parade begins
The parade makes its way past Belfast City Hall
Members of the City Hall guard watch the parade
Members of the City Hall guard watch as the parade makes its way past
Thousands took part in commemorations in Belfast to mark 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
A mock signing took place before the commemorations at City Hall
Orange Order members march passed St Patrick's Church in Belfast, during a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Marching bands in Belfast celebrate 100 years since the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orange Order members march passed St Patrick's Church in Belfast, during a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Women dressed in the Union flag colours near Orange Hall in Clifton Street, Belfast, ahead of the start of a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Orange Order members march passed St Patrick's Church in Belfast, during a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade in Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patrick's church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patrick's church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patrick's church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patricks church where a small protest was held
The Ulster Covenant parade makes its way from Carlisle Circus down Clifton Street and past St Patricks church where a small protest was held
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Sandy Row in south Belfast to marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Traditional dress parade through Sandy Row in south Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
PUP leader Billy Hutchinson and Rev Quirey at the War memorial in Sandy Row on Saturday morning
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
Orangemen and bandsmen in traditional dress parade through Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant
A loyalist band marches past St Patrick's Church.
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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.
Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Malone Park. 29/9/1962
Belfast Telegraph: Page Ones/SIGNING OF THE Ulster Covenant. ULSTER SCENES. 30/9/1912
Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Thursday 21st June 2012 - Ulster Covenant ExhibitionDaily Sketch front page 1912Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Thursday 21st June 2012 - Ulster Covenant ExhibitionFawney Heroes BannerPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 29/9/1962
The Ulster Covenant Jubilee Commemoration Committee meet in Unionist Headquarters, Belfast. Presiding was Mr John Bryans, chairman and Grand Master of the Belfast County Grand Orange Lodge. Beside him are Mr H Radcliffe (right) and Mr RJ McMullan, general secretary. 8/9/1962
A section of the crowd at Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 2/10/1962
Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations on Royal Avenue, Belfast. 29/9/1962
Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall in 1912
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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.
Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912
Sir Edward Carson signing the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912
ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.The Ulster Volunteer force being addressed by Edward Carson
Ulster’s working landscape has changed massively a century on from the days of the Ulster Covenant signed by Edward Carson

A contentious Unionist parade passed a Catholic church in Belfast went off without incident, but residents have accused the marchers of breaking rules.

More than 2,000 Orangemen from north Belfast lodges were surrounded by a heavy police presence as they marched towards City Hall to take part in a massive loyal order parade to mark the centenary of the signing of the pro-Union Ulster Covenant.

An estimated 30,000 marchers are taking part in the Orange Order march - from the City Hall to the grounds of the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont in east Belfast.

Unionists agreed with the Parades Commission to play only hymns along Donegall Street - from the Carrick Hill junction to Royal Avenue - as they passed St Patrick's Church near the city centre.

Locals had requested that no music be played outside the church.

The place of worship has been the scene of disorder at points during the summer after a band was accused of playing sectarian music outside it on July 12.

Protesters and residents claimed the bands breached the rules set by the Parades Commission by playing the most famous Unionist anthem - The Sash - before reaching the end of the stretch.

Carrick Hill Residents Association chairman Frank Dempsey said they had flouted the rules.

"That determination has been smashed," said Mr Dempsey.

"Some of the bands, yes, they did stick by it, there's no problem there. But a number of them bands broke that."

The local man insisted he was not nitpicking over the rules set by the commission.

"You saw the way they danced there with the drum and that's supposed to be a hymn," he said.

But, Father Michael Sheehan, administrator of St Patrick's, said while some of the bands beat their drums exuberantly, he believed they showed respect during the 20-minute march outside the church.

He insisted the talks with the Parades Commission had been fruitful, saying continued dialogue was needed to avoid future trouble.

"They marched with dignity down the road," added Fr Sheehan.

"I think a degree of respect was shown that hasn't been shown before."

Lodges including the Pride of Ardoyne and Pride of the Shore played Abide With Me and Onward Christian Soldiers, as spectators looked on.

Police were on high alert, with up to 50 Land Rovers stationed along the flashpoint at St Patrick's.

The massive parade will finish at Stormont with a cultural festival held to commemorate the 1912 proclamation against plans for Home Rule in Ireland.

Other contentious sections of the participants' journeys to and from the main meeting point at Stormont will also be monitored by police.

The commission has also placed the sacred music restriction on those bands that will pass St Matthew's Catholic Church in Newtownards Road close to Stormont.

Politicians from across the political divide have appealed for calm at the event which is set to be one of the biggest loyal order parades seen in Belfast.

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