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Twelfth 2016 Comber: Tributes are paid to those who lost lives at the Somme

The sacrifice made by Orangemen who died in the First World War was at the centre of yesterday's Twelfth celebration in Comber yesterday.

Almost 70 lodges and 40 bands took part in the annual parade in the Co Down town.

Five districts were represented - Comber, Saintfield, Lecale, Castlewellan and Ballynahinch.

The Twelfth is held in Comber every five years and the crowds at yesterday's event were treated to a wide variety of bands.

This year, on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the square was decorated with 12 specially commissioned bannerettes marking the sacrifice of local Orangemen who paid the ultimate price on the frontline.

During the procession, worshipful masters of individual lodges symbolically placed poppy crosses at the Cenotaph's garden of remembrance.

The guest speaker was Rev Stanley Gamble, a Grand Chaplain with the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.

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