Published: 15th January 2018

34 Local Community Groups Enjoy Titanic Belfast on Citizens’ Day

34 local community groups enjoy a day out at Titanic Belfast, as part of its NI Citizens' Day

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On Sunday 14th January over 34 community groups from across Belfast enjoyed a day out at leading tourist attraction, Titanic Belfast, as part of its NI Citizens’ Day.

Titanic Belfast again opened its doors to help locals beat the January blues by giving away complimentary tickets for local residents on the 14th January 2018 to enjoy the Titanic Experience free-of-charge. The visitor attraction tells the story of the RMS Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end, as well the role of SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star ship in the world.

Titanic Foundation, working with Titanic Belfast, secured an additional 500 tickets to be circulated to the local community, which included a range of groups across Belfast and Northern Ireland: RNIB, Youth Initiatives, Belfast Lough Sailability, Cregagh & Belvoir Community  groups, Upper Springfield Development Trust, to name but a few. These groups consisted of people with disabilities, families, young people, volunteers and senior citizens.

Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive of Titanic Foundation, said, “Citizens’ Day is a wonderful initiative and a fantastic  way for people to engage in something with family & friends or their community group, and enjoy it whatever their age. We have had some lovely feedback highlighting how much they enjoyed the exhibition, learning about their heritage and the characters  from their local community. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to offer a unforgettable 5 star experience that is accessible for everybody.”

Stephen Tate, Community Development Officer from Belfast City Council highlighted,  “Volunteers from Belfast City Council Tall Ships and Belfast Lough Sailability had a great time at Citizens’ Day. To be able to follow the journey of the Titanic from its build in Belfast, to its final destination in the North Atlantic ocean and the people who were associated with her, from the designers, ship builders and passengers. It was a captivating experience from start to finish.”

Judith Owens, Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast, said, “At Titanic Belfast, we have continued to go from strength to strength, having been awarded the title of World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards last year and experiencing our busiest day and month to date. We know we couldn’t have done it without local support. Tickets to our Citizens’ Day was our way of showing our appreciation and we were pleased to extend this with Titanic Foundation to local community groups. We hope the local community groups and our other local guests enjoyed the Titanic Experience.”