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Titanic Belfast hosts ball to celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery

Celebrating 25 years of the National Lottery are NI winners (from left) Anne Canavan and daughter
Cressida, Eithne and Colin Bell, Stephen Inglis and
son Ian, Mary Hamilton with nieces Antoinette
and Kathy, Claire Marks and husband Clifford, and
Stephanie Harkin with husband Kieran
Celebrating 25 years of the National Lottery are NI winners (from left) Anne Canavan and daughter Cressida, Eithne and Colin Bell, Stephen Inglis and son Ian, Mary Hamilton with nieces Antoinette and Kathy, Claire Marks and husband Clifford, and Stephanie Harkin with husband Kieran

By Staff Reporter

The National Lottery has celebrated its 25th birthday with a special event at the Titanic Belfast to mark more than £1.2bn invested in 25,000 local good causes.

Among the guests at the lunch were Olympic and Paralympic medallist, Jason Smyth, Kelly Gallagher and Paddy Barnes; Belfast Mela founder, Nisha Tandon, and first Children's Writing Fellow Myra Zpef, all of whom have received National Lottery funding.

They were joined by representatives from other National Lottery-funded organisations, including the Lyric Theatre, Stage Beyond, the Belfast Hills Partnership, the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership, Ardoyne Youth Club, Monkstown Boxing Club and Sandy Row Community Forum, who were treated to a musical performance from Londonderry singer Reevah (Aoife Boyle).

To mark the first draw, The National Lottery released two films.

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