Orangemen to parade in memory of UDR pair
A memorial parade in tribute to two UDR soldiers murdered by the IRA almost 30 years ago will take place in Belfast this weekend.
The annual march, organised by Ulster Defenders of the Realm LOL 710, will pay tribute to Fred Starrett and James Cummings, who were also Orangemen.
Both soldiers were on duty in the city centre on February 24, 1988 when they were killed by an IRA booby-trap device.
The 200lb bomb went off as they closed a security gate on Royal Avenue.
The bomb had been placed behind a hoarding on CastleCourt shopping centre, which was being built at the time.
Saturday's parade will leave Templemore Avenue at 10.30am and proceed to Royal Avenue, where a memorial service will be held before the return parade to east Belfast.
Two standards and a bannerette, depicting the UDR crest with the names of the two murdered brethren, will be carried at the head of the parade. Both were newly dedicated as part of last year's commemorations.
Among those paying their respects will be officers from the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland and the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast.
A lodge spokesman said: "As we approach the 30th anniversary of this terrible atrocity, we remember with pride two brethren, who like so many others gave their lives in the service of the Crown.
"We will never forget their sacrifice and look forward to once again parading in their honour with dignity."