Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

A week of brilliant Belfast Telegraph giveaways

The Belfast Telegraph will be featuring a series of special souvenir supplements to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Belfast.

On Monday and Tuesday readers will be treated to the Brilliant Belfast supplements.

They comprise of 400 fascinating facts relating to the history of our complex and often misunderstood city.

Then on Wednesday and Thursday the Belfast 400 reflections supplements will focus on unique pictures from our extensive library of images and stories exploring Belfast's rich history from writers, including Eddie McIlwaine, Naoise Wolsey and Frank Brownlow. There are also contributions from Queen's University Professor SJ Connolly, author of the book Belfast 400: People, Place And History, and Dr Len O'Hagan, chairman of Belfast Harbour Comissioners.

To round off the commemorations on Friday there will be a free print of a specially commissioned piece of art by Joanna Martin.

The detailed illustration and map showcases some of Belfast's best-known buildings and landmarks, such as City Hall, Belfast Telegraph, Titanic Belfast, Albert Clock and the world-famous Harland and Wolff cranes Samson and Goliath.

Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson explained the importance of highlighting the Belfast 400 anniversary to our readers.

"Belfast is a fantastic city with as rich and as fascinating a history as any in Europe," he said.

"I sometimes think we take that for granted, so what better excuse to use the 400th anniversary of Belfast being given its charter – its birth as a functioning city – as a way of celebrating the many wonderful stories from throughout its past.

"Our first two supplements (right), next week, both called Brilliant Belfast, will give you 400 amazing facts about the place followed by two fantastic souvenir editions on its colourful history.

"To wrap up a superb week, a limited edition Belfast print will be given to all readers on Friday.

"It's our way of showing pride in this city of ours."

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