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Belfast's King's Hall transformed into Biblical Bethlehem

By John Mulgrew

The Holy Land was magically transported to Belfast as a 2,000-year-old Bethlehem came to the King’s Hall complex during a grand re-enactment of the days following the birth of Jesus.

Schoolchildren were brought back in time as they experienced the range of bazaars and attractions along the way, including livestock, Roman soldiers, tax collectors and shepherds.

Yesterday morning, children of all ages from schools across the country were able to interact with a range of characters — helping to entertain and educate.

The soldiers patrolled the town, casting a careful eye on those passing through and made sure everyone paid their taxes to King Herod.

Cairnshill Primary School pupils were some of the children soaking up the sights and sounds.

Emilia Cutrona (11) said the whole experience made things feel “more Christmassy”.

“It’s really good and really fun. I feel more Christmassy now that I’m here.

“I loved going into the shop part and also paying the tax as well.”

Organiser Greg Neville, from Christ Church in Belfast — which is running and funding the event, said the interactive display was “a chance to inform as well as entertain”.

The free event will run today from 7pm to 9pm and on Saturday from 12pm to 6.30pm.

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