Belfast Telegraph

Stormont event for 80th anniversary

Northern Ireland's seat of government will throw open its doors next month for a special open day to mark its 80th anniversary.

The event on November 17 will give members of the public a chance to tour the magnificent Parliament Buildings.

In a statement DUP Speaker Willie Hay said: "It is well known that one of my priorities during my time as Speaker has been to open up Parliament Buildings to the people it represents.

"Last year, for the first time, we ran regular public tours during the summer recess. We repeated that initiative this year and I am absolutely delighted that the number of people visiting during July and August increased by 83%."

A total of 4,450 people visited Parliament Buildings this summer - a significant hike on the 2,427 visitors during the same holiday period the previous year.

Mr Hay added: "Parliament Buildings is an iconic feature of the landscape but I am still amazed by the number of people I meet who have never been here before or don't know that we are open to the public.

"At a time when we have more and more visitors to the building and Stormont Estate, I hope that as many people as possible will take this opportunity in November to come up and mark the 80th anniversary."

There will also be horse and carriage rides, a vintage car display, demonstrations of traditional crafts, storytelling in the library and a photographic exhibition showing Parliament Buildings as it was constructed.

Donaghadee Male Voice Choir, the Ulster Brass ensemble and the Bellehoppers 1930s dance troupe will also be on hand to entertain the anticipated crowds.

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