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Hundreds attend Belfast City Hall Armistice Day ceremony

Armistice Day at Belfast City Hall 
Lesley-Anne McKeown, Press Association

Up to 1,000 have people have gathered in Belfast to remember the war dead on Armistice Day.

A two-minute silence was held during a short ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in the grounds of the City Hall.

DUP Lord Mayor Brian Kingston and Sinn Fein Deputy Lord Mayor Mary Ellen Campbell were among those who took part in the low-key event.

Mr Kingston described the turnout as impressive.

He said: "It just shows that people do have that appreciation and to show their recognition of all who served in two world wars and subsequent conflicts, and in particular those who made the ultimate sacrifice in upholding the freedom and democracies that we enjoy today.

"I was very impressed by the turnout that we had for the simple ceremony."

Northern Ireland Office Minister Kris Hopkins and SDLP councillor Tim Attwood were also among the crowd, which included military veterans and their families.

Similar ceremonies were held across the north, with First Minister Arlene Foster among those who paused to reflect at the war memorial in Enniskillen.

In 2013, Sinn Fein's Mairtin O Muilleoir made history as the first republican Lord Mayor to participate in an Armistice Day event at the Belfast cenotaph.

Previously, November's remembrance events were boycotted due to the association with the British military.

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