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Belfast Tall Ships event to mark Tunisia one minute silence

The site opening time for the Tall Ships this Friday will be delayed by 15 minutes to allow visiting crews to mark the one minute silence being observed in memory of those killed in Sousse, Tunisia.

Although the second day of festivities at the Belfast Maritime Festival was scheduled to start at 12 noon, organisers have made the change to allow crews on board the visiting ships – and the public - to pay their respects.

At 12.15pm the site will be open for a full programme of fun packed activities through to 9pm. 

Opening hours on Saturday are 10am to 10.30pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. 

The festival begins at 12 noon on Thursday with ships already arriving in to the various city centre docks dotted around the River Lagan.

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More than 50 ships will anchor at Belfast Harbour from 2 to 5 July - a few have already berthed.

After a friendly Northern Irish welcome, the fleet will launch from Portrush to race north past the Outer Herbrides and Shetland Islands and across to Aalesund in Norway.

From there the fleet will enjoy a magical cruise through the Norwegian fjords to Kristiansand, before the final race down to Aalborg in Denmark.

Organisers claim that as many as 750,000 people will visit the Belfast festival with a further 500,000 lining the shores along the lough from Belfast to Whitehead as the huge flotilla of ships leaves on Sunday, July 5.

The Belfast Telegraph is the exclusive publisher of the official souvenir programme. It sells at £6 plus p&p and is available to order here.

 

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