Thousands take part in Belfast UVF commemoration parade

UVF commemoration parade Many of those taking part are dressed in period costume

Related Stories

Thousands of people have taken part in a parade to mark the centenary of the formation of the UVF in west Belfast.

A century ago at Fernhill House in the Glencairn area, unionist leader Edward Carson inspected members of the west Belfast section of the Ulster Volunteer Force.

More than 10,000 people took part in the march to Fernhill, making it one of the biggest parades of the year.

Many of them were dressed in period costume.

The parade was a re-enactment of one of the key events of the Home Rule crisis.

Some of the drums played are 100 years old and were used at the event the parade is commemorating.

The Ulster Volunteer Force was formed to resist plans to make Ireland self-governing, but many members went on to fight in the First World War.

The parade was led by a horse-drawn carriage and also featured a vintage car which was used by the IRA in the early 20th century.

Progressive Unionist Party leader Billy Hutchinson read extracts of Carson's speech as part of the event.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Northern Ireland stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • StuntmanStuntman to the stars

    Driving dangerously and falling off buildings are all part of the day job for Bobby Holland Hanton

Programmes

  • The smartphones of shoppers being tracked in a storeClick Watch

    How free wi-fi can enable businesses to track our movements and learn more about us

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.