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Belfast guns mark WWII anniversary

London SE1 website team

The guns of HMS Belfast sounded across the Pool of London on Sunday afternoon as part of the National Commemoration Day to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

HMS  Belfast guns

HMS Belfast was due to fire a 12-gun broadside, with the ship's gun turrets trained towards the river and fired.

The firing was due to take place at 3.50pm, but the ship's guns did not sound until 4.10pm.

HMS  Belfast guns

The firing was billed as a "spectacular pyrotechnic display" which was taking place for the first time in the Pool of London, but in the event it was unclear whether all 12 guns had in fact fired.

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