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Lord Mayor of Belfast laments Covid-19 crowd restrictions at VJ Day memorial

A silence was held at Belfast City Hall during a socially distanced memorial event at the Cenotaph. Lord Mayor Frank McCoubrey laid a wreath after the Last Post was played by a bugler. Afterwards, Mr McCoubrey said it was frustrating that health restrictions had prevented the occasion being marked with a major event, but said it was important to avoid mass gatherings. “We’re in difficult times at the moment and there wasn’t very many people here but I think it was very, very important that we came out and remembered those who sacrificed their lives to give us our freedom,” he said.

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