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Lord Mayor attends opening of new James Ellis Bridge in east Belfast

10 May 2017

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston, visits the latest section of the Connswater Community Greenway in this week's blog and meets with members of James Ellis’ family to officially open a new bridge named after the late actor. 

He also launches the city's St Patrick's Day celebrations on Friday 17 March, featuring a carnival parade and free concert, as well as the Belfast Festival of Learning which runs from 20-26 March. Other engagements include the launch of ticket sales for this summer's UEFA Women's Under 19 Football Championship (taking place in August), the opening of a new Irish Football Association education and heritage centre at Windsor Park and an open day at Woodvale Community Centre. 


Fun for all the family at Lord Mayor’s Day

14 Apr 2017

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston looks ahead to his Lord Mayor’s Day in the grounds of City Hall in this week’s blog, encouraging everyone to come along to a celebration of Belfast with fun for all the family. He meets a group of young people from North Belfast travelling to South Africa as part of a cross community project, tours the Norwegian Navy Ship HNoMS Ronald Amundsen docked in Belfast, attends the Kings Corale Spring concert in Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, launches the Connswater Greenway 10k and starts the Ashfield Boys Charity colour run. He also attends the BB Belfast Battalion Annual Service, speaks at the 1 Pill will Kill event in North Belfast, enjoys visiting the 1st Old Boys Youth Band at their practice for the European Brass Band competition in Belgium and welcomes Cub groups from across Belfast to City Hall. To view this week’s blog please click on the video below:

Lord Mayor's Day

Lord Mayor launches new graffiti removal service

7 Apr 2017

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston launches a new graffiti removal service in this week's blog. He attends the official opening of the new Computer Science Building at Queen's University, launches a comerative Poppy Trail on the Donegal Road, hosts a reception for the Dean Of Belfast, Reverend John Mann before he leaves his post at St.Anne's Cathedral, visits the Salvation Army's Lifehouse centre at Centenary House and speaks with staff and service users of Cancer Lifeline in North Belfast. He also celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ulsterbus at the Europa Bus Station, takes part in a charity walk for the Northern Ireland Hospice alongside local celebrity May McFettridge, congratulates Ballysillan Gymnastics club on achieving Belfast City Councils’ Clubmark Gold Award and joins in the celebrations of the Indian Ugadi festival at City Hall. To view this week’s blog, please click on the video below: 

The new graffiti removal service

Lord Mayor joins in the fun at “Try Cricket” event

31 Mar 2017

Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston, joins pupils from primary schools in east Belfast at Avoniel Leisure Centre for a “Try Cricket” coaching day in this week’s blog. He celebrates sporting achievements and volunteering at the Belfast Sports Awards, meets older people at Belvoir Activity Centre taking part in activities encouraging them to keep active, hosts a visit by members of the Hessian Parliament in Germany and meets students from Chicago on an exchange trip with the Rotary Club of Belfast. He also visits the new premises of financial data firm Vela who have set up a base in Belfast, meets with delegates of L’Arche International and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation who are bringing their conferences to Belfast, attends the official launch of the 2017 Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and welcomes a number of groups visiting City Hall into his Parlour. To view these engagements please click on the video below:

Try Cricket event

Lord Mayor visits the White House on St. Patrick’s Day

24 Mar 2017

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston was invited to Washington DC to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the White House at a special reception hosted by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Back in Belfast he joined the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Glenn Community Centre, spoke at the official opening of the Belfast Business School at the Belfast Met E3 Campus, welcomed a number of US visitors to City Hall and spoke with students from Methody and the University of Ulster who will travel to Belfast’s Sister City, Nashville, to take part in exchange programmes. He also takes part in the Live Active launch in City Hall and welcomes residents of Kirk House nursing home to City Hall. To view these engagements please click on the video below:

Lord Mayor at the White House
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