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Much-loved Park Avenue Hotel that once hosted Arnold Schwarzenegger closes its doors

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Arnold Schwarzenegger with Sandra Burrows from Belfast and Deirdre Cullen from Dunmurry after winning a bodybuilding competition at the Park Avenue Hotel

Arnold Schwarzenegger with Sandra Burrows from Belfast and Deirdre Cullen from Dunmurry after winning a bodybuilding competition at the Park Avenue Hotel

Arnold Schwarzenegger with Sandra Burrows from Belfast and Deirdre Cullen from Dunmurry after winning a bodybuilding competition at the Park Avenue Hotel

A hotel which has been at the heart of the east Belfast community for 60 years has closed with the loss of 45 jobs.

Former guests at the Park Avenue Hotel on Holywood Road lamented the loss of the venue, which was taken over last year by the Beannchor Group, which owns the Merchant Hotel.

As well as hosting weddings and other family celebrations, it was a location for everything from political party conferences to body-building competitions.