Lord Mayor avoids official Somme commemoration.. again

As previously noted here. This morning, apparently in keeping with his party’s policy set out in 2004 – which barred Sinn Fein representatives from attending “British military commemorations” – the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Sinn Féin’s Tom Hartley, boycotted the official commemoration of those who died at the Battle of the Somme and instead laid a wreath on his own at 9am – repeating the actions of SF’s Alex Maskey, when Lord Mayor in 2002.