A sea of plastic raincoats and umbrellas danced as the Lord Mayor’s Party raised spirits in a rainy Belfast when young and old enjoyed a free concert in the grounds of City Hall.
Alderman Gavin Robinson joined X factor stars Matt Cardle and Misha B on stage thanking concert goers for braving the weather to celebrate his year in office.
Having abseiled down the front of the Europa Hotel for the charity, Children’s Heartbeat Trust, in the morning, the Lord Mayor said he was delighted to be able to ‘chill’ and enjoy the show.
“My year in office has been full of fun and challenges. We have seen some memorable events during it and with less than two weeks to go until it comes to an end I still have a lot of things I want to do and see, people to meet and jobs to complete,” said Alderman Robinson.
“But today is about the feel good factor that is so important in helping Belfast focus on the future – a bit of rain doesn’t worry us. We know how to enjoy ourselves in all weather because if it is raining you dress for it and everyone was aware that it was an outdoor concert.
“The talent on the stage has been fantastic from start to finish – the balance was just right – we had brilliant local performers and performers from further afield to add to the mix,” added the Lord Mayor.
People queued at the gates of City Hall in plenty of time for the 1.30pm opening, making their way quickly to the front of the stage and the crowds just grew and grew in spite of the deluge.
Concert organiser, Seamus Rooney, said: “People are always advised to dress according to weather conditions and today is no exception. We had a few hundred plastic rainmacs which were handed out in a first come first served basis.
“A lot of people dressed appropriately with water boots being the favoured footwear and we were happy to see that. The show has to go on and it did and was very successful.”