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Belfast mourns Tunisia attack victims

 Dean of Belfast Reverend John Mann and Canon Denise Acheson at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, where they led a candle lighting service in memory of the victims of the Tunisia terror attack

The British and Irish victims of the Tunisian beach massacre were remembered across Belfast today.

At noon, a small crowd gathered to light candles and pray in St Anne's Cathedral.

Dean of Belfast, Reverend John Mann, who led the short service, described the attack as a "terrible event".

He said: "Many times we light candles in remembrance of those who have died or who we bear in our thoughts and prayers.

"This terrible event has shocked us all and brought such sorrow to the families affected."

Inside the Chapel of the Holy Spirit there was a list of names and photographs of those who were murdered.

Meanwhile, activities at the Tall Ships Racing Festival were put on hold to allow participants time to reflect on the tragedy.

Among the throngs of visitors, the crew from the Brazilian Navy's Cisne Branco, a sail training vessel, also paid tribute to the dead.

Five sailors in white shirts and navy trousers stood motionless, arms by their sides, on deck during the minute's silence.

Some of the crowd also fell silent. The naval men ended the ceremony with a salute.

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