Belfast Times on tour – Bangor Bank Holiday weekend


This Bank Holiday weekend I did what is a traditional activity for many and had my weekend by the sea in Bangor. It was about time Belfast Times went on tour and where better than to Bangor, where it was all going on.
Starting off with a very early morning, but thankfully not as early as Titanic Belfast and Holywood, it was time for the Olympic torch relay. Heading down to Bangor seafront, expecting a handful of people, I was totally blown away by the thousands who had come out on this very cold June morning to see the flame. The whole town centre was buzzing and a few enterprising coffee shops opened early to keep us all warm with tea and coffees. The build up was superb, the crowd were cheering and the atmosphere and excitement was a huge and very welcome surprise. A great once in a lifetime experience.
Next I made a slight detour and headed back into Belfast for my first Victoria Square stall. Big thanks to all of you who turned up to say hello.
Monday was spent back in Bangor town centre. First on the list was the Vintage market in the grounds of the town hall, and meeting up with our current competition providers, Hampton Blue. Make sure you enter this one, and you could win a £30 gift hamper.
The sun was out, the crowds were out and again the town was buzzing. The vintage fair was accompanied by a car display and an Alice in Wonderland style play area for the kids. It’s was fun fun fun and just what Bangor does best on a Bank Holiday weekend.
Later it was back to the town hall for the Ulster Orchestra. Thousands turned out for this Jubilee evening event, all armed with their chairs, picnics and layers of warm clothing, and ready to chill out and enjoy the Youth Orchestra from 6pm, followed by the Ulster Orchestra from 8pm. As always, they were just superb!
The evening ended with a fantastic 3D projection light show on the front of the town hall. It was along the same lines as the Titanic light show, but perhaps even slightly better. The 3D element was really effective, and the windows and various features helped to make the building seem more alive than the Titanic Belfast show.
Finally the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon, which on arrival looked tiny, actually was quite impressive, perhaps more due to knowing that thousands of them were being lit around the world to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
And that was the Belfast Times Bank Holiday weekend by the sea. Normal Belfast service resumes tomorrow with a trip to the Lyric Theatre for a sneak peek of the Importance of being earnest and the Olympic torch event at the City Hall.


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