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Northern Ireland leaders recall magical first trips to the cinema

By Sopie Inge

Published 12/11/2016

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness launch the festival
First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness launch the festival

Arlene Foster has described the excitement of visiting the cinema for the first time as a child.

The First Minister was speaking to pupils from Dundonald Primary School and St Bernard's Primary School in Glengormley at the launch of the annual Into Film Festival - a free film and education event targeted at young people.

"The first time I went to the cinema was to see ET with my family," Mrs Foster said.

"I think I was around 12 years old, and I can still recall the excitement as we sat down in front of the big screen in Lisnaskea to watch what turned out to be one of the iconic films of its time."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who also attended the launch of the festival, added: "My first trip to the cinema was when I was 12 years of age.

"The school choir was taken to the cinema as reward for our efforts during the year.

"This was back in 1962, and the film was Lawrence of Arabia." 

The Into Film Festival, which runs from November 9 to 25, is the world's largest free film and education event for young people.

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