Belfast Telegraph

Weather fails to put a dampener on Belfast City Hall beach party

By Sara Neill

Bank holiday Mondays in Northern Ireland have a reputation for being a washout — and yesterday’s was no exception.

But what was unusual were the sand and deckchairs arranged around Belfast City Hall as the beach came to town.

Buckets and spades were handed out to young families, eager to build their first sandcastle in the grounds. But knotted hankerchiefs were nowhere to be seen as the sun kept well hidden during the inaugural event, on a cloudy and wet day.

There was also the chance to jump on a bouncy castle, roll around inside a giant inflatable ball, or get barefoot on a surfing simulator

Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon stayed positive, despite the unseasonable weather. “This is a last hurrah before the children go back to school and there were young families queueing to get in,” she said. “In Belfast we have to expect rain, and if we were held hostage to the weather we would never do anything.”

Caeli Colgan (7), who is visiting Belfast, enjoyed an ice cream with her little brother Shay as they took in the sights of the City Hall.

“We came in because it was fun,” said Caeli. “I’ve never seen a beach party with rain and wind.”

Newry pair Holly Hanaway and Thomas Hislop were walking past when they decided to pop in. “I think it’s a good idea,” said Thomas.

“The weather’s challenging, but I’m still here!”

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