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RBAI to mark its bicentenary

Pupils and staff at Royal Belfast Academical Institution will celebrate the bicentenary of its foundation today.

PFounders' Day is just one of a programme of events for 2010 to celebrate the landmark.

Each pupil and member of staff will receive a specially commissioned medal and can contribute a personal object or a written piece to a time capsule. The capsule is being buried in the school grounds, to be recovered in 2060.

The school's award-winning orchestra will play at the celebration and vice-principal Brian Todd will give a talk on the school's history.

Mr Todd is writing a book provisionally entitled 200 Years at College Square.

RBAI's principal Janet Williamson said that the ethos of the school has not altered since the founding fathers realised their vision in 1810.

Other events include a lecture series and sports events. The highlight is a grand concert on April 29 in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, with a gala dinner in Belfast City Hall on April 30.

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