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Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan drops in to Sunflower bar: Belfast pub could be facing wrecking ball

Published 05/12/2015

Jamie Dornan pictured at the Sunflower
Jamie Dornan pictured at the Sunflower

Fifty Shades of Grey and Holywood heart-throb Jamie Dornan has made an appearance at Belfast's Sunflower Bar - the award-winning pub which could be facing the wrecking ball.

He was snapped in the pub's famous cage entrance.

And on their Facebook page, the Sunflower posted:

"Jamie Dornan decided to drop by last night and explain to us, using all his 50 Shades of Grey expertise, how to chain ourselves to the cage in the most effective way possible, should the knocking down of the pub get the go ahead. Cheers Jamie, hope you had a good night!"

The Sunflower - favoured by artists, musicians, writers and those just looking for a quiet drink is in line to be knocked down as part of regeneration plans.

Just two weeks ago the watering hole was crowned best city bar at the Pubs of Ulster Awards 2015 event at the La Mon Hotel.

But now there are fears it will be forced to call last orders for good if plans for a massive redevelopment of part of the city centre are approved.

The pub will be a casualty of the proposed Northside regeneration scheme which will see the area between Royal Avenue and Carrick Hill transformed with student halls and apartment blocks.

“We’ll fight our corner, we’ve no intention of going anywhere and we’ll still be here when they have the wrecking balls outside,” the bar’s defiant owner Pedro Donald said.

In the three years since Pedro took ownership of the establishment, it has gone from a bunker-like back street drinking den to starring in a film and that awards triumph.

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