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Colourful tribute to builders of the Titanic

By Adrian Rutherford

They are the forgotten characters of the Titanic story and of Belfast’s seafaring tradition.

But now the men who helped build the ill-fated liner in the Harland and Wolff shipyard and who worked loading and unloading ships in the city’s docklands (Sailortown) are celebrated in an exhibition by Belfast artist Terry Bradley.

Bradley explores the colourful characters who worked in the shipyard and docks all those years ago.

The studies capture the pride and swagger of the men, famed for their hard work and even harder drinking.

The exhibition at the Linen Hall Library runs until May 1.

Born in Belfast in 1965, Mr Bradley is delighted his work will be on show.

“I have always enjoyed the experience of visiting the Linen Hall Library, it’s such an inspiring building and such an important landmark in Belfast,” he said. “It’s the perfect setting to show my Men Of Belfast series of paintings. I’m extremely honoured.”

The Linen Hall’s Deborah Douglas said she expected plenty of interest. “We love Terry’s distinctive style, and his series of paintings fits in perfectly with our Titanic Belfast Connections Exhibition which is also in March,” she said.

Men Of Belfast is part of the Local Art By Local Artists series which promotes Northern Ireland talent in the library’s stunning gallery.

For more information contact the Library on 028 9032 1707 or log on to

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