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Game Of Thrones Larne quarry film set could be our wonderwall: MP

By Michael McHugh

The colossal Game Of Thrones ice wall could become a permanent fixture in Northern Ireland.

Filming for season six of the hit HBO show has just started.

The 300-mile barrier defending the realm from Wildlings, White Walkers and giants in the popular fantasy series is actually a disused cement works in Co Antrim overlooking the Irish Sea.

It has been transformed into a barricade of ice manned by the Night's Watch military order.

Now local councillors want HBO to leave the set behind once filming ends.

East Antrim DUP MP Sammy Wilson said: "It is a magnificent site and it would be a massive tourist attraction, the number of buses and people who stop to try and get views of it."

He had been at Magheramorne Quarry at midnight to watch filming and recalled "sword fights" on neighbouring cliff tops complete with papier mache snow.

Mr Wilson said wider development for recreation is planned once the production crews have left. "To have the set there as well would be the icing on the cake," he added.

Much of the large budget production, based on George RR Martin's series of books, is being shot in Northern Ireland.

Belfast's Paint Hall studios and various locations in counties Down and Antrim have provided spectacular settings.

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