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Pictures: Thousands attend Belfast Somme commemoration parade

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

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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