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Orange Order turns out to remember the centenary of the Battle of the Somme

Published 22/05/2016

Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Orange men march through Dromore in Co. Down, laying a wreath at the War memorial before heading to the church service in the town's cathedral. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

A number of Orange Order parades have taken place in towns across Northern Ireland to commemorate the centenary of the battle of the Somme.

The seismic battle during the First World War saw enormous losses of soldiers from the 36th (Ulster) Division

Fought between July 1 and November 1, 1916 near the Somme River in France, it was also one of the bloodiest military battles in history.

On the first day alone, the British suffered more than 57,000 casualties, and by the end of the campaign the Allies and Central Powers would lose more than 1.5 million men.

Members of the Orange Order on Sunday staged parades and services to remember those who died in the battle in a number of locations including Dromore, Co Down, Armagh city and Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

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