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Sex And The City fever spreads across Northern Ireland

By Victoria O'Hara

Sex And The City fever is set to spread across Northern Ireland with thousands of women slipping on designer clothes and sipping cosmopolitans to toast the return of the New York fashionistas.

Cinemas across the province will be transformed into fashion houses with fans dressed to impress as the eagerly anticipated Sex And The City 2 comes to the big screen on Friday.

And to welcome back Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte, Sex And The City parties are being hosted in clubs, pubs and restaurants.

At Ten Square hotel in Belfast around 400 VIPs will be invited to a pre-party cocktail reception tomorrow night.

The well-heeled guests will then be the first to see the film at a midnight screening at Movie House Cinema on the Dublin Road, Belfast.

Botanic Inns have also been offering dinner and film packages at the Apartment, Northern Whig and Madisons so girls can enjoy a cosmo, dinner and get a ticket to the film.

And a ‘prom theme’ night will also be held in the Pavilion bar in Belfast on Friday night.

Neil Johnston (34), assistant manager at Madisons Hotel, said they are preparing for a night filled with fashion and cocktails.

“By all accounts it will be a fashion parade and cosmos all round,” he said.

“Our Sex And The City package sold out in days, there is a real buzz about seeing the film and women wanting to make it a stylish night out.

“It is mainly women who have been booking the tickets and they are really making the effort.

“One girl who is going was panicking because the shoes she had ordered specially for the night had not arrived.”

And Sex And The City fever has also spread throughout the province. Five restaurants surrounding Downpatrick, Co Down, have linked up with the local Eclipse cinema to offer pre-cinema dinner and drinks.

Laura Bell (24), a restaurant manager at the Villager bar in Crossgar, said: “It has been the talk of the town for the last three weeks or so.

“A lot of people are looking forward to getting dressed up and having a great night at the cinema.”

Katrina Doran, of fashion website Sugahfix.com, said it might be the sequel but Sex And The City films will always excite loyal fans.

“I think it will be as big, if not bigger, because we have been starved of anything to do with Sex And The City for two years.”

Ms Doran said women will be making huge efforts to “look glam”.

“I think the streets are going to be lit up with girls with their best heels and best dresses on.

“Wherever there is a cinema in Northern Ireland this weekend, there will be groups of girls dressed up to the hilt.”

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