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U2 guitarist The Edge visits Northern Ireland hotel


U2's The Edge at the Londonderry Arms.

U2's The Edge at the Londonderry Arms.

U2's The Edge at the Londonderry Arms.

U2 star The Edge made a surprise visit to a Co Antrim hotel on Monday.

The 57-year-old musician, whose real name is David Howell Evans, was taking time out from the band’s latest world tour, for a trip around the Antrim Coast.

The rock legends delighted their Belfast fans with two sell-out shows at the SSE Arena on Saturday and Sunday nights.

They are now taking a week off before playing a four-date run in their native Dublin at the 3Arena.

The hotel’s management said they were “thrilled” to welcome The Edge to the Londonderry Arms for lunch on Monday during his visit to the Glens.

Built in 1848 by the Marchioness of Londonderry as a coaching inn, the hotel once belonged to the family of Sir Winston Churchill.

The musician happily posed alongside a portrait of the former Prime Minister during his visit.

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A hotel spokesperson said: “The Edge was totally fascinated with the hotel and its history. He was just so accommodating and happily agreed to have his photo taken with fans and staff as well as sign autographs. He said he had read about the hotel and the local area and had been really keen to check it out.

“He arrived in a black limo and stayed for around an hour before being whisked away to catch a flight. It’s not every day that you get rock star royalty calling in so we were delighted to see him.”

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