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Duchess in tribute to the fallen

Royal visitor flies in to lead Belfast remembrance day service

By Damian McArdle

HUNDREDS gathered at Belfast City Hall yesterday for the annual Remembrance Day service.

HUNDREDS gathered at Belfast City Hall yesterday for the annual Remembrance Day service.

Leading the tributes to those who fell in both World Wars was the Duchess of Kent.

She laid the first wreath at the Cenotaph in the grounds of the City Hall following the observance of two minutes' silence in honour of the dead.

The Duchess was greeted at the City Hall by The Queen's Lord- Lieutenant for Belfast, Colonel Elliott Wilson, before being introduced to Belfast Lord Mayor, David Alderdice, Belfast High Sheriff, Jim Clarke, and Belfast City Council chief executive, Brian Hanna.

Escorted by the Lord Mayor, the Royal visitor walked to the Cenotaph through a Guard of Honour provided by the 4th/5th Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers. Sentries from the battalion were also posted at the Cenotaph.

Just before 11am the period of silence was announced by the sounding of a single blast by buglers of the 4th/5th Rangers.

As the Union Flag was lowered to half-mast at the end of the silent tribute, the Guard of Honour presented arms and the buglers sounded the Last Post.

The Guard of Honour stood at ease before the Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor, The Rt Rev J E Moore, offered prayers.

The wreath-laying ceremony then took place, with the Duchess followed by Minister of State Adam Ingram, on behalf of the Government, and Lord Mayor Alderdice on behalf of the people of Belfast.

A further 15 floral tributes were placed by representatives of the US and Canadian Governments, Royal Navy, Army, RAF, local regiments, the Royal British Legion and the RUC, before the Union Jack was hoisted again and Reveille was sounded.

Another 44 wreaths were then laid on behalf of a variety of ex- Service and civilian organisations before the Day of Remembrance closed with the playing of the National Anthem.

Following the ceremony, the Duchess of Kent who was on her 26th visit to the province retired to the Lord Mayor's Parlour where she signed the visitors book before moving to the Great Hall were she was introduced to local representatives of the British Legion.

Omagh service

THE victims of the Omagh bombing were remembered at a Remembrance Day service in the town.

The names of the 29 people killed, together with those of two unborn children, were read out by the president of the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

Relatives of some of the victims were among those who gathered to watch the wreath laying ceremony at the town's Cenotaph on Drumragh Road.

Ulster pays tribute to the fallenThousands gather across the provinceBy Marie FoyHUNDREDS gathered at cenotaphs across Northern Ireland for the annual Remembrance Day Service in tribute to the dead of the two World Wars.

BELFAST _ The Duchess of Kent laid the first wreath at Belfast City Hall yesterday followed by Minister of State Adam Ingram and Lord Mayor David Alderdice.

OMAGH _ The 29 victims of the Omagh bomb massacre, were remembered at the town's annual service of Remembrance.

The parade of ex- servicemen and youth organisations stopped as they passed the site where RBL chairman Dave Given laid a poppy spray.

LURGAN _ The RBL had the largest number on parade at Market Street for some years.

ARMAGH _ Lieutenant for Armagh, Earl Caledon, and Mayor Robert Turner led homage at the Cenotaph on the Mall. Several hundred people watched as 44 wreaths were laid.

Families and colleagues of three UDR soldiers who died in an IRA bomb at Glenanne UDR base in Co Armagh in May 1991 attended a ceremony at the scene.

Three churches were needed in Richhill to accommodate those on parade and spectators.

DOWNPATRICK _ Cchairman of Down Council, Jack McIlheron, and Second World War veteran Dick Gifford laid wreaths. Two UDR victims of the IRA, John Moreland and James Cochrane, were also remembered.

KILLYLEAGH _ One of only two Ulster victims of the Falklands War, James Hughes, was remembered at Killyleagh when his sister Janet Redmonds laid a wreath.

BALLYNAHINCH _ There was a strong turnout of youth organisations at the commemoration. A service was held at Edengrove Presbyterian Church.

NEWRY _ Attendance at the Bank Parade Cenotaph was considerably up on previous years.

GILFORD _ RBL and youth organisations paraded from the Castle Gates to St Paul's Parish Church for a Remembrance service.

LISBURN _ Armed services and civilian organisations marched to the Cenotaph in Castle Street where a wreath was laid by Mayor Peter O'Hagan.

LOUGHBRICKLAND _ The parade to the Presbyterian church was headed by Banbridge Silver Band.

RATHFRILAND _ The parade included ex- service personnel, Army units, Fire Brigade, RUC and youth organisations.

NEWCASTLE _ The traditional wreath was laid by Major Hall, the Lord Lieutenant for Co Down.

DONAGHADEE _ One of Ulster's last surviving First World War veterans, 99 year old Jimmy Taylor, paid tribute to his former comrades.

BANBRIDGE _ The town's Silver Band headed a procession of ex-service personnel, serving soldiers and youth organisations to a ceremony at the War Memorial.

DUNGANNON _ The Independent Nationalist chairman of Dungannon Council Jim Canning laid the council wreath.

DROMORE _ A parade to the War Memorial included ex- service personnel, Army cadets, firemen, the RUC and youth organisations.

MAGHERA _ The parade in Maghera consisted of ex-service personnel as well as members of the RUC, Fire Service and youth organisations.

COOKSTOWN _ An open air service was attended by members of the RBL, a contingent of the RIR and various other organisations.

STEWARTSTOWN _ A service conducted by Presbyterian minister Rev Robert Buick was held at the War Memorial.

MAGHERAFELT _ A parade organised by the RBL attended a service in First Magherafelt Presbyterian Church.

CASTLEDAWSON _ Former Stormont Prime Minister, Lord Moyola, read from Binyon's lines at the service held at the War Memorial.

Wreath laying ceremonies and services also took place in a host of other villages and towns including TOBERMORE, AUGHNACLOY, COALISLAND, BESSBROOK and MOY.

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