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Ulster Hall memorial service for Ian Paisley

By Michelle Smyth

Ian Paisley's memorial service is to be held at the same hall where he announced the formation of Ulster Resistance.

The former First Minister and DUP leader passed away on September 12 at the age of 88. While his funeral was a private service reserved for family members, the Paisleys said at the time of his death that they would hold a larger memorial event at a later date.

Last night, Baroness Eileen Paisley said the Memorial Service of Thanksgiving for Lord Bannside's life will be held on Sunday, October 19 at 3pm in the Ulster Hall.

It was there in 1986 that a beret-wearing Mr Paisley, his successor Peter Robinson and others announced the formation of a loyalist paramilitary organisation Ulster Resistance in a bid to end the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

It will be an invitation-only event and will be broadcast live by BBC NI.

Baroness Paisley said: “Due to the overwhelming numbers of those wishing to attend we have had to take the decision to make attendance in the hall by invitation only.”

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