Northern Ireland

Thousands take part in Larne UVF gun-running commemoration

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Media captionVintage cars were driven by men in period costume

Thousands of people have taken part in a parade in Larne to commemorate the Ulster Volunteer Force gun-running 100 years ago.

In 1914 loyalists imported guns and ammunition from Germany into the County Antrim port to prepare to resist Home Rule for Ireland.

Many of those marching in the parade were in period costume, and several vehicles from the era were on show.

Paraders and bands came from all over Northern Ireland to take part.

One of the parade's organisers, Billy Adamson, said: "Rightly or wrongly, what we think about the politics of it, it shaped the province's future.

"It marked an event in Northern Ireland's history and it has been significant down through the years.

"The loyalist population have certainly been keen to remember their history and to commemorate it in this fashion."

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Image caption The parade marked the 100th anniversary of the Larne gun running
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Image caption Thousands of German and Austrian rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition were unloaded from a coal boat at the ports of Larne, Donaghadee and Bangor
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Image caption People from across Northern Ireland took part in the commemoration

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