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Pam's People: Champagne reception for Northern Ireland's very best pubs

By Pamela Ballantine

Many students are looking forward to their graduation ceremonies and none more so than the young people who have been working hard to gain their qualifications in catering, skills and youth service through the NOW Project. It works towards empowering people with barriers to employment and learning into jobs and what a celebration it was in the City Hall with some 100 certificates awarded.

Something we are not short of here is pubs and good ones at that which makes the judges' task of picking the Pubs of Ulster Pub of the Year a very difficult one. But the decision was reached and the announcement of the 10 category winners was made in La Mon Hotel with a very proud Andrew Gedge of The Goats Toe in Bangor picking up the main award of Pub of the Year.

It is hard to believe that a national retailer which today has 43 stores and 386 staff across the UK started from a market stall in Royal Avenue but Argento did. Pete Boyle is the company founder and he has just unveiled the revamp of his flagship store in the street where it all began. With the walls stripped back to bare Belfast brick and the reclaimed wood and beams painted H&W yellow, the store shows the jewellery off to perfection.

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