‘BENEVOLENCE, BLACKGUARDS AND BALLOON HEADS’ LAUNCH NEW BELFAST WALKING TOUR!
A cast of iconic Belfast characters today joined the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, to launch a new walking tour of the city. With the Lord Mayor were Thomas McCabe, the man who oppossed the formation of the Belfast Slave Ship Company, author and historian Raymond O’Regan and punk legend Terri Hooley.
The tour is called ‘Hidden Belfast’ and is based on the best selling history book by Raymond O’Regan. It aims to provide locals and visitors with an introduction to the city and to some of the characters that make Belfast the place it is. It’s subtitled, ‘Benevolence, Blackguards and Balloon Heads!’ as Arthur Magee from Experience Belfast, the company behind the tour, explains:
“Belfast is a wonderful city with fantastic buildings but I’ve always felt that what sets Belfast apart are the people. We’ve always produced characters from Thomas McCabe to Terri Hooley and whilst the tour looks at our history it’s about some of the people that have helped make Belfast. It’s about the past but it’s also about the future”
Speaking at the launch, Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:
“Belfast is a city with a marvellous worldwide reputation. It’s wonderful that there’s another attraction for visitors in the city centre and we as a council will continue to work hard to develop tourism in the city.”
The tour will last 1 hour, cost £5 and will start from the front gates of Belfast City Hall. At the end of the tour, customers will receive a free cup of tea or coffee at Cafe Wah on North Street, as John Hanley from the cafe explained:
”We’re delighted to be working with Raymond and Arthur and pleased to be giving people free tea or coffee. As a city, we need to ensure that visitors have a wonderful time and experience a friendly, welcome and Cafe Wah wants to make it’s own contribution to this.”
● Hidden Belfast
○ Meet Outside the Front Gates of Belfast City Hall
○ 10 am, 12.15 pm & 2 pm
○ Every day July & August
○ No Tours 12 July 2013
○ Tickets £5 from Visit Belfast, 47 Donegall Place, Belfast, BT1 5AD. Telephone (028 90246609)
○ To reserve a ticket ring 0777 1640 746