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Watch as thousands march through Belfast to mark Somme anniversary

Published 18/06/2016

Thousands have paraded through the streets of Belfast to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Bandsmen and marchers paraded through the city, many dressed in traditional clothing of the period.

Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016
The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Pictured: Representatives of the 1st Shankill Somme Association fired a gun to represent the shelling of the trenches before the charge. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Pictured: Representatives of the 1st Shankill Somme Association fired a gun to represent the shelling of the trenches before the charge. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Pictured: Winston Irvine. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Pictured: Stephen Smith, Darren Layton, and Tommy Harrison. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Pictured: Irene Braiden, Gary Kennear, and Evelyn Sheilds. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Pictured: Cloughfern Young Conquerors. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Pictured: Pride of Ardoyne on parade. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Pictured: The Pride of Ardoyne pass Clifton Street Orange Hall. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Pictured: Members of the Loyal Orange Lodges form up. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Pictured: Ricky and Nathan Magowan, William and Jacob Galloway, and Ethan Floyd. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Pictured: Members of the Loyal Orange Lodges await the start of the parade. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, with feeder parades starting from all parts of Belfast, meeting at City Hall, and laying wreaths in memory of the those who lost their lives. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 18th June 2016 The Battle of the Somme Centenary parade took place today, followed by a re-enactment of the battle in Woodvale Park, with thousands in attendance. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye

And hundreds lined the streets, as they made their way across Belfast.

They met in Belfast City Centre to lay a wreath, before making their way to Woodvale Park for a re-enactment of the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

 

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