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Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press

Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press

George Best and his dad, Dickie

George Best and his dad, Dickie

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

Manchester United footballer George Best with manager  Tommy Docherty.

Manchester United footballer George Best with manager Tommy Docherty.

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George Best  with Gerald Black

George Best with Gerald Black

George Best leading the teams out with mascot

George Best leading the teams out with mascot

George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin

George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin

John Chaffetz, an official of the Los Angeles Aztecs, points the way for soccer star George Best. Best was attending a press conference after joing the Aztecs in 1976

John Chaffetz, an official of the Los Angeles Aztecs, points the way for soccer star George Best. Best was attending a press conference after joing the Aztecs in 1976

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Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Belfast is set to get at least five new hotels - including a new George Best themed development.

It comes from the same man behind the plans unveiled for a George Best hotel in Manchester.

Lawrence Kenwright's Signature Living is behind the new hotel. It was revealed during the launch of Belfast Forward at the Waterfront, ahead of the city's visit to the world's largest property event MIPIM.

It says securing the hotel came about direct as a result of the city's visit to the event in Cannes last year.

It's understood developers are in discussions with five locations for the new hotels.

Plans for the new George Best hotel in Belfast were first revealed earlier this month.

Mr Kenwright had said: "There are several sites we are looking at in Belfast.

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"It's really tough because Belfast as a city is doing very well and it's tough to land a site."

Meanwhile, elsewhere, a Titanic-themed hotel could be built in west Belfast amid fresh plans to revamp a former church.

The project could see the Shankill Road Mission Presbyterian Church transformed into a 50-bedroom, four-star hotel, inspired by the famous ill-fated cruise liner.

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Titanic, built by Harland and Wolff, was driven by two gigantic wing propellers measuring over 23 feet in diameter and a center propeller spanning more than 16 feet.

Titanic, built by Harland and Wolff, was driven by two gigantic wing propellers measuring over 23 feet in diameter and a center propeller spanning more than 16 feet.

Florette Guggenheim (nee Seligman 1870 - 1937, right) and her brother James de Witt Seligman at the offices of the White Star shipping line in New York, April 1912. The pair are waiting to   enquire about the welfare of Guggenheim's husband, American businessman Benjamin Guggenheim, who was a passenger on board the Titanic when she sank on 15th April. Benjamin Guggenheim was not among the surviviors.

Florette Guggenheim (nee Seligman 1870 - 1937, right) and her brother James de Witt Seligman at the offices of the White Star shipping line in New York, April 1912. The pair are waiting to enquire about the welfare of Guggenheim's husband, American businessman Benjamin Guggenheim, who was a passenger on board the Titanic when she sank on 15th April. Benjamin Guggenheim was not among the surviviors.

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A diver accompanies a 17-ton portion of the hull of the Titanic as it is lifted to the surface in the Atlantic Ocean.

A diver accompanies a 17-ton portion of the hull of the Titanic as it is lifted to the surface in the Atlantic Ocean.

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In this 1912 photo made available by the Library of Congress, Harold Bride, surviving wireless operator of the Titanic, with feet bandaged, is carried up the ramp of a ship.

In this 1912 photo made available by the Library of Congress, Harold Bride, surviving wireless operator of the Titanic, with feet bandaged, is carried up the ramp of a ship.

Crowds gather around the bulletin board of the New York American newspaper in New York, where the names of people rescued from the sinking Titanic are displayed.

Crowds gather around the bulletin board of the New York American newspaper in New York, where the names of people rescued from the sinking Titanic are displayed.

How the sinking was reported

How the sinking was reported

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The employment record for Captain John Edward Smith.

The employment record for Captain John Edward Smith.

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This composite image, released by RMS Titanic Inc., and made from sonar and more than 100,000 photos taken in 2010 from by unmanned, underwater robots, shows a small portion of a comprehensive map of the 3-by-5-mile debris field surrounding the stern of the Titanic on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

This composite image, released by RMS Titanic Inc., and made from sonar and more than 100,000 photos taken in 2010 from by unmanned, underwater robots, shows a small portion of a comprehensive map of the 3-by-5-mile debris field surrounding the stern of the Titanic on the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Belfast Telegraph:Page One/Titanic. 16/4/1912

Belfast Telegraph:Page One/Titanic. 16/4/1912

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This is an undated photo showing the bow of the Titanic at rest on the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. The first tourists to see the bow up close viewed it from the portholes of a tiny submersible in early September. (AP Photo/Ralph White)

This is an undated photo showing the bow of the Titanic at rest on the bottom of the North Atlantic, about 400 miles southeast of Newfoundland. The first tourists to see the bow up close viewed it from the portholes of a tiny submersible in early September. (AP Photo/Ralph White)

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Titanic, built by Harland and Wolff, was driven by two gigantic wing propellers measuring over 23 feet in diameter and a center propeller spanning more than 16 feet.

Across Belfast there are around 20 new hotels at various stages of development. That includes the Grand Central on Bedford Street.

Hastings Group is now planning to turn the former Windsor House building into a 304-bedroom development - the largest in Northern Ireland.


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