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Pictures: Thousands attend Belfast Somme commemoration parade

Police forced to dismiss social media reports of disorder ahead of event

The annual Somme Memorial parade takes place in south Belfast on July 2nd 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The annual Somme Memorial parade takes place in south Belfast on July 2nd 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The annual Somme Memorial parade takes place in south Belfast on July 2nd 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The annual Somme Memorial parade takes place in south Belfast on July 2nd 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Dogs Angel, Shadow and Ghost take part in the annual Somme Memorial parade in south Belfast on July 2nd 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The annual Somme Memorial parade takes place in south Belfast on July 2nd 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The annual Somme Memorial parade takes place in south Belfast on July 2nd 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The annual Somme Memorial parade takes place in south Belfast on July 2nd 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Christopher Stalford takes part in the annual Somme Memorial parade in south Belfast on July 2nd 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade Belfast - July 2 2018 The annual Battle of Somme Anniversary parade took place in east Belfast on Monday evening, July 2. Large crowds where in east Belfast to watch the longest running Battle of the Somme Anniversary Parade. Many of those watching, like those on parade will have had relatives who served in the Battle and sadly some who died. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 02-07-2018: Belfast : The countrybound lanes on Albertbridge Road, Belfast are closed between junction Ravenhill Road and Short Strand, and Mountpottinger Road and Castlereagh Street to facilitate a policing operation ahead of a parade later this evening. Picture By: Arthur Allison.

Thousands took part in the annual Battle of the Somme commemoration parade in Belfast on Monday evening.

The parade, which honours all those that fought in the battle, is the largest of its kind.

Around 34 bands and over 40 Orange Order lodges took part in the parade through the east of the city from Templemore Avenue. A short service and act of remembrance was held at Strandtown War Memorial which marked the centenary of the Armistice.

While the battle begun on July 1 in 1916, the parade is always held the following Monday if the anniversary falls on a Sunday.

Ahead of the parade there was a large police presence in the Short Strand area. Steel barriers were erected and road diversions put in place.

The parade passed off largely peacefully.

Earlier before it started, police were forced to come out and dismiss social media reports of trouble in the area linked to the parade.

Social media was also awash with claims a bus had been attacked with its window broken. Translink said that while one bus was delayed by anti-social behaviour on the Albertbridge Road there was no damage caused to the vehicle.

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