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Massive Ulster Volunteer Force re-enactment marks centenary in west Belfast

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

More than 10,000 people, many dressed in period costume, have taken part in a parade to commemorate the centenary of the formation of the Ulster Volunteer Force in west Belfast.

The parade – one of the largest of the year – was a re-enactment of a key event of the Home Rule crisis.

A century ago at Fernhill House in the Glencairn area, unionist leader Edward Carson inspected members of the west Belfast section of the UVF.

PUP leader Billy Hutchinson donned a top hat and tails to play the part of Lord Carson at Saturday's event.

The parade featured many historical artefacts dating back to the beginning of the 20th century including drums used during Carson's original inspection of the UVF members.

Mr Hutchinson used extracts of the address made by Carson 100 years ago in his speech.

His party later tweeted: "Great show of support from the Greater Shankill Community today."

Onlookers included North Belfast DUP representatives Nigel Dodds and William Humphrey, and the Ulster Unionist Danny Kennedy.

The event was organised by the Fernhill Committee of the West Belfast Athletic and Cultural Society.

Organisers said the emphasis was firmly on marking events of 1913, insisting there was no link with modern day paramilitaries.

The original UVF was formed to fight Home Rule, one year after almost 500,000 signed the Ulster Covenant.

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