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Video: Belfast City Hall marks Battle of the Somme centenary

Civil, religious and military commemorations have been staged across Northern Ireland to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Thousands of soldiers from north and south of the Irish border died during the bloody First World War battle which began on July 1 1916 and lasted for 141 days.

One hundred years later communities paused to reflect on the magnitude of the loss.

In Belfast, the city council passed a resolution marking the anniversary, before Lord Mayor Brian Kingston led a wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph.

He was joined by Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Ben Wallace and the Irish Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar.

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