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Pamela Ballantine with Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon and the manager of the Continental Market, Allan Hartwell, at the market’s 10th anniversary celebrations

Pamela Ballantine with Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon and the manager of the Continental Market, Allan Hartwell, at the market’s 10th anniversary celebrations

John Deeks and his family

John Deeks and his family

Jeanie Rogers and Anne Dawson from Barnardos, one of the charities which benefited from the Continental Market

Jeanie Rogers and Anne Dawson from Barnardos, one of the charities which benefited from the Continental Market

Lisa Morrow, Ruth Jackson and Caroline Reid

Lisa Morrow, Ruth Jackson and Caroline Reid

Sorcha Wolsey and Petra Wolsey

Sorcha Wolsey and Petra Wolsey

Emma McGreevey, Claire Kitson and Jullian Thompson at the launch of Sixty6, a new cocktail bar and nightclub in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

Emma McGreevey, Claire Kitson and Jullian Thompson at the launch of Sixty6, a new cocktail bar and nightclub in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

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Pamela Ballantine with Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon and the manager of the Continental Market, Allan Hartwell, at the market’s 10th anniversary celebrations

Like most people who attended the celebration in Belfast City Hall I couldn't believe it is 10 years since the first stall opened at the Christmas Market and in that time it has got bigger and better.

This year alone almost 800,000 visitors got a taste of food, drink and gifts from around the world generating an estimated £26m for the local economy.

Not one to rest on its laurels, the Beannchor Group has added yet another venue to its portfolio with the opening of the cocktail bar and nightclub Sixty6 above the National Grande Café in High Street. A party was held to celebrate the £400,000 restoration of this grand old building and the creation of 60 new jobs.

Sixty6 has already established itself as the venue to be seen in which is why CMPR and Belfast Fashionweek held a lavish Christmas party there.

There were just as many sequins sparkling on the guests as there were on the Christmas decorations as the revellers partied on until the wee small hours like many of us will be doing to see in 2015.

Happy New Year!

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