Northern Ireland

Belfast: Sun shines on Titanic Maritime Festival

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Media captionThousands enjoy maritime festival

The tall ships made a return visit and the sun shone to celebrate Belfast's Titanic Maritime Festival over the bank holiday weekend.

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Image caption Crowds watch the water antics at the maritime festival

The event, organised by Belfast City Council, is running from 28 to 30 May in the Titanic Quarter.

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Image caption Up, up in the air at the maritime festival

There were opportunities to climb aboard the tall ships: the Morgenster, Phoenix, Earl of Pembroke and Kaskelot.

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Image caption Muscles: Strong men take to the stage at the maritime festival

Visitors could also take to the water in a canoe, on a bell boat or, for the more daring, a cable wakeboard!

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Image caption Ahoy there, me hearties - under captain's orders at the maritime festival

Other festival highlights include the Titanic pop-up picnic, the soccer village, the dock market at the Arc, face painting, a climbing wall and the opportunity to talk to Navy, RAF and Army career advisers.

A city beach was also set up complete with deck chairs, so that the young and the not so young could get their toes sandy whilst enjoying an ice cream!

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Image caption Collecting for the sea cadets at the festival

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