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Led by the Gombeys, hundreds of people took part in a peace march in Hamilton Parish. (Photograph supplied)

Hundreds of people marched through Hamilton Parish yesterday in a show of peace and unity.

The event was organised as a tribute to Daemon Bell, a parish resident who died after attempting to break up a fight near Shelly Bay in February.

Marchers were accompanied by members of Place’s Gombeys, which was celebrating its 65th anniversary.

The march started at Hamilton Parish Workman’s Club, taking a route along North Shore Road to Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club, where Mr Bell had been a member.

Desmond Crockwell, a friend of Mr Bell who organised the event, described the evening as “bittersweet”.

Mr Crockwell said: “The turnout was fantastic — it exceeded our expectations.

“I think it also showed the spirit of unity and community spirit — everybody was there from all walks of life.

Fondly remembered: Saturday’s march for peace was held in honour of Daemon Bell (File photograph)

“We wanted it to be a celebration, which it was. But we were also there to mark Daemon’s life and passing. It was a bittersweet moment for the Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club family.”

Ajamu Hollis, 46, has been charged with Mr Bell’s murder but has not yet entered a plea.