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Fury over JLS Titanic Belfast staircase visit

Row as pop pair get to re-create ‘Jack and Rose’ moment

By John Mulgrew

JLS frontman Marvin Humes and his fiance Rochelle Wiseman, from The Saturdays, were so thrilled with their visit to Titanic Belfast, they tweeted a photo of themselves on the replica staircase.

But the picture of the couple at the city’s landmark new building has sparked a furious reaction online.

The pair posed for their Jack and Rose moment on Friday, recreating the famous scene from James Cameron’s epic 1997 film Titanic.

But readers on websites have hit out at the centre for allowing celebrities the chance to pose on the iconic staircase while paying visitors cannot.

The staircase, situated on the top floor conference and banqueting suite of the building, does not permit the public to view it on the usual tour — a decision that has already prompted controversy.

One reader posted: “Lucky them that they get to pose on the staircase when the rest of us don’t!! Us commoners have to buy tickets for ‘Staircase Sunday’ if we even want to see the stairs.”

Another said: “It's ridiculous that the staircase is being used to promote this attraction when it isn't included in the tour. False advertising methinks. Nice to see the class system lives on!”

The launch of Titanic Belfast was well received earlier this month , with thousands of international visitors descending on the city. Tickets have sold out until April 16.

On Sunday a spokesman for Titanic Belfast said it would be hosting ‘Titanic Tea Parties across selected Sundays in May and June’ — close to the staircase, asking visitors to check its website for details of what they have dubbed ‘Staircase Sunday’ events.

Sharing her picture on Twitter, Saturdays star Rochelle Wiseman wrote: “Big thanks to Claire & everyone at the Titanic tour #belfast for staying open late for us! Here’s our Rose&Jack pic ;).”

She and Marvin were in the city ahead of the JLS concert at the Odyssey Arena.

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