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Marchers commemorate centenary of soldiers heading off to fight in First World War

By Nevin Farrell

Thousands of people gathered in Belfast at the weekend for a parade to mark the 100th anniversary of soldiers marching through the city to head off to the First World War battlefields.

On Saturday bands led a procession with many participants dressed in vintage military uniforms and carrying replica weapons. The march was organised by the 36th Ulster Division Memorial Association and a wreath-laying ceremony was held at Belfast City Hall.

There were old vehicles, some carrying mounted replica machine-guns, while women marchers dressed as wartime nurses.

The parade ended in east Belfast. Police did not report any incidents and said they hoped the rest of this summer's marches were as peaceful.

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