Handful of loyalists in Belfast City Hall flag protest
A small group of loyalists marked the second anniversary of the decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall with a protest last night.
Against the backdrop of a lit-up Christmas tree, 30-40 protesters - some of them children - posed with their own flags, while others attached banners to the railings.
Yards away, visitors to the Christmas Market in the grounds of City Hall continued to enjoy themselves.
There was a large police presence around City Hall, and officers were seen checking visitors entering the market. While the front gates were closed, the others remained open.
It is understood the protesters had walked there from The Mount in east Belfast.
One witness said there had been a confrontation with nationalists at the Short Strand, although it seemed to be verbal.
The dwindling numbers stand in stark contrast to the large mob that attempted to storm City Hall on December 3, 2012 when the council voted to fly the flag on 18 designated days, rather than all year round.