Lord Mayor gets up close and personal with strong men
A regime of hard work and Jelly Babies paid off for Bangor man Glenn Ross yesterday when he again lifted the title of UK's Strongest Man.
The Ulster heavyweight was one of 16 competitors from across the UK vying for the coveted title. And following three days of gruelling events, including dead lifts and car rolling, Glenn (36) took an amazing seventh British title.
"We had unbelievable crowds, we had almost a thousand every day at the venues, we had great weather, great competition and a great bunch of guys," he said.
"It was the hardest year yet. I didn't win my group going into the final. It was tough. We definitely had the top 16 strongest men in the UK here."
Glenn paid tribute to the home crowd support who turned out to cheer competitors at the City Hall, Odyssey complex and Custom House Square, where the events were held.
Glenn said: "You could hardly hear yourself think on stage because everybody was cheering."
Meanwhile, Belfast Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers got more than he bargained while handing out the prizes when a competitor planted a kiss on his cheek.
"It was bit of a laugh," he joked. "It was nearly as bad as what happened when I got my backside touched!" - a reference to cheeky X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne, who jokingly grabbed his bottom while in Belfast last month.