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Parade to honour murdered UDR duo

By Rebecca Black

Published 26/02/2016

The explosion in Royal Avenue in 1988
The explosion in Royal Avenue in 1988

Two UDR men who were murdered in Belfast city centre as they closed a security gate in 1988 will be remembered this weekend.

Royal Avenue was devastated by the 200lb bomb planted by the IRA behind hoardings at CastleCourt shopping centre, which was being built at the time.

A second device, intended to kill security forces rushing to the scene, failed to explode and was defused by the Army.

The victims who died in the blast on February 24 were Frederick Starrett (22) from east Belfast and James Cummings (22) from Rathcoole.

No one was ever convicted of the murders.

The gates they were killed at were removed in 1994 following the IRA ceasefire.

The two were both members of the Orange Order, and will be remembered tomorrow with a parade that will leave Templemore Avenue in east Belfast at 10.15am and proceed to Royal Avenue for a memorial service, before returning to east Belfast.

Prior to the parade commencing two new standards with the names of the men will be dedicated. The parade is organised in consultation with the bereaved families.

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