Memorial day plea to flag protesters

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ONE thousand people are expected to mark the deaths of two Ulster Defence Regiment members in a 1988 IRA bombing during a rally in Belfast city centre on Saturday.

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt urged loyalist protesters to cancel a concurrent demonstration against restrictions on the Union Flag flying from Belfast City Hall. He said nothing should deflect from honouring the memory of two “brave citizens”.

James Cummings and Fred Starrett, both 22 and members of the Orange Order, were 
killed by an IRA bomb in the city’s Royal Avenue on 24 February, 1988.