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Northern Ireland celebrates Halloween: thousands enjoy monster night out

BY GARRETT HARGAN

Derry's Halloween festival is the biggest of its kind in Europe – although there were zombies, witches and little monsters seen prowling streets all around Northern Ireland.

Party-goers enjoyed a spectacular fireworks display in Newtownabbey, and thousands took part in Lisburn's Twilight Night by Fairy Light.

Up to 30,000 revellers had been expected in Derry, and hotel occupancy rates for the night were at a spine-tingling 100%, according to tourism officials.

Families gathered along the City of Culture's quay, along the riverside at Ebrington, to witness the 600 performers in the Curious Carnival of Lost Souls before a thunderous fireworks display.

Gavin Miller (42) from Limavady watched with his wife Nuala (41) and son Adam (10).

"We come here every year for the fireworks and it's great to see the city so full of excitement this year.

"It was a fantastic night," he said.

Seamous Canning (38) came from Donegal with his wife and young family.

"This is the first event we have been at all week. We had been really looking forward to it," he said.

"The fireworks are something we come to every year, and it was a great night again."

Mayor Martin Reilly, dressed as a disco king for the night, praised the crowd on what was a wet evening.

"Our city has really grasped this opportunity with both hands," he said.

 

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