• Short Summary

    Bomb blasted Belfast fell silent today (12 November) as the people of the city remembered the dead from two world wars and civil strife on the occasion of Armistice Day.

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    Bomb blasted Belfast fell silent today (12 November) as the people of the city remembered the dead from two world wars and civil strife on the occasion of Armistice Day.

    There were special services throughout Northern Ireland. In Belfast's St Anne's Cathedral, a service was held for 191 members of the security forces killed in the province since sectarian disturbances began in 1969.

    In Londonderry, Northern Ireland's second city, people observed the occasion individually at a Cenotaph, after wreath-laying ceremonies were cancelled through fear of extremist activity.

    In Belfast, army patrols were on the alert throughout the day as people made their way to City Hall, and the Cenotaph in the Garden of Remembrance.

    SYNOPSIS: Belfast's City Hall on Sunday, and always nearby, the inevitable British Security forces. But, for a short while, peace descended on the bomb-blasted city as people remembered the dead from two world wars, and civil strife. In a special alert, even the Visnews film crew was searched for weapons.

    This was one of many ceremonies on Armistice Day throughout Northern Ireland .... hopeful now that the Whitelaw green paper, released by the Government a few days ago, has brought peace nearer. Peace was distant in Londonderry where wreath-laying ceremonies were cancelled for fear of extremist activity. But in Belfast, the ceremony at the cenotaph was moving, and without incident.

    A special service was also held in the city's St Anne's cathedral for one-hundred-and-ninety-one members of the Security Forces who've been killed since the sectarian disturbances began in 1969.

    There were many moving scenes at Northern Ireland services as people from all walks of life remembered the dead from the distant, and more recent, past. For two minutes, the city fell quiet.

    It's simple acts of remembrance like this one that presented a moving human picture of the tragedy of Northern Ireland during the past three years. The cross, of course, represents a dead relative.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACB66JDSDHOQ4L8GJ11CKDILNS
    Media URN:
    VLVACB66JDSDHOQ4L8GJ11CKDILNS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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