Belfast Telegraph

Remembrance Sunday ceremony takes place week after security alert

A Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying ceremony which was abandoned because of a security alert has taken place.

The ceremony was postponed a week later than planned after a pipe bomb was left near the town's war memorial.

Hundreds of people turned out to show their support.

Chief Constable George Hamilton described the incident as "a sickening and appalling act".

Richard Scott, chairman of the local Royal British Legion branch, said it was important the event goes ahead.

"Last Sunday, following close liaison with the police, we were able to parade to our interdenominational Service of Remembrance, slightly later than usual," he said.

"Due to the actions of others, we were prevented from continuing to the war memorial for our wreath-laying ceremony.

"This was obviously desperately disappointing for all involved, who were there to remember the sacrifices of those from both communities.

"It was important to hold the service to send out a clear message that we cannot be cowed or deflected by those who were intent to cause mayhem on such an important day."

The Act of Remembrance took place at 11am, followed by the wreath-laying ceremony. Wreaths were laid by those due to do so last Sunday.

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