Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 24 May 2016

Shops open their doors and city hall hosts a food market for Twelfth

By Claire McNeilly

Published 12/07/2011

Therre are many other activities on offer over the Twelfth.

A food market, featuring some of Northern Ireland's best food producers, will be situated in the grounds of Belfast City Hall. This year the shops will open half an hour earlier, at noon, after the parade has passed through the city centre, before closing at 4.30pm.

It is the third year in a row that shops, restaurants, cafes and bars will open their doors on the previously contentious bank holiday.

St George’s Market will also be trading and many tourist attractions such as Belfast Zoo will open as normal.

Belfast City centre manager Andrew Irvine said the Twelfth celebrations brought more people into Belfast than any other event.

“In terms of visitor numbers, the Twelfth of July is simply the largest annual event we have in the city centre,” he said.

“For the third consecutive year the city centre shops are open — and providing some fantastic special offers.

“Additionally this year, shoppers can enjoy the Northern Ireland food produce market in the grounds of the City Hall.”

There will also be on-street performances by Belfast Community Circus at various places, including Royal Avenue and Cornmarket.

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