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Watch: Loose Women's Gloria Hunniford and Denise Van Outen broadcast live in Belfast

ITV's Loose Women hit the road this week with Belfast being the first stop of the tour.

To mark the show's National Television Award nomination for Best Live Magazine Show, Gloria Hunniford and Denise Van Outen arrived at Victoria Square in the city to drum up support and votes from the public.

The pair met a host of characters from Belfast and beyond, including Newtonabbey based Irish Dancing group Celtic Flair who performed a jig live on the show.

Also appearing for a chat was NI bog snorkeling champion Danika Maguire and the Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister.

Northern Ireland presenter Gloria was full of praise for the 29-year-old, telling the Belfast Telegraph: "I think it's fantastic having a female Lord Mayor.

"I don't think that would have happened in my day, it would have been more the older man.

"And I know the city has had former female Lord Mayors, but because this one is so young it somehow breaks the mould and, as she said herself, there's girl power here in Belfast.

"I love that strength."

With the popular live chat show continuing in the London studios on Wednesday, Denise and Gloria kept the party atmosphere going in Belfast with plenty of locals coming out to cheer them on.

The loose ladies chatted with the crowd during their appearance and also posed for a number of pictures with their fans.

"The city has been more than amazing," Gloria said of their time in Belfast.

"Some people have travelled from all over Northern Ireland to be here just to support us and be around, it's been great."

"There's so much love for Loose Women in Belfast," added Denise.

"And I loved watching the Irish dancing - I actually got goosebumps whenever I saw the performers and they danced so well for us."

Gloria has been a presenter on Loose Women since 2014, having previously been a guest panelist.

Denise also appeared as a guest panelist on the show before becoming a regular in 2017. She is set to appear as a judge on the debut series of Ireland's Got Talent next month.

Loose women hosts Danise Van Outen and Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women hosts Danise Van Outen and Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women hosts Danise Van Outen and Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women hosts Danise Van Outen and Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. pictured with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women hosts Danise Van Outen and Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women host Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women hosts Danise Van Outen and Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women host Danise Van Outen meets shoppers during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. pictured with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women hosts Danise Van Outen and Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. pictured with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women host Danise Van Outen during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. pictured with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women hosts Danise Van Outen and Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. pictured with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose women hosts Danise Van Outen and Gloria Hunniford during filming of the show in the Victoria Square. Pic by Peter Morrison
Loose Women broadcasts live from Victoria Square, Belfast
Loose Women broadcasts live from Victoria Square, Belfast
Loose Women broadcasts live from Victoria Square, Belfast

Loose Women has been broadcast since 1999, and focuses on the experiences of its panelists with a range of topical issues.

It also features regular contributions from Northern Ireland's Christine Lampard.

Speaking about the daytime show's huge popularity, Gloria said: "Growing up in Northern Ireland we were never allowed to talk about sex, for example, and some of the older ladies here today were telling me just how much they loved the programme.

"I think it's because we talk about everything live on air, so they feel up to speed on any topic."

Loose Women is broadcast daily at 12.30pm on ITV.

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