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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page visits Belfast

The Led Zeppelin guitarist was it town with his poet girlfriend Scarlett Sabet and visited No Alibis book store
Andrew Madden

ROCK legend Jimmy Page has been spotted out and about in Belfast as he dropped in to visit the Aspects arts festival.

The Led Zeppelin guitarist was it town with his poet girlfriend Scarlett Sabet, who was performing at the festival, and was seen browsing the collection at No Alibis book store on Botanic Avenue and having a bite to eat at Mourne Seafood Bar.

Page (72) was also in the audience as friend and fellow music hall-of-famer Van Morrison took to the stage at the Culloden Estate on Wednesday night as part of the Lit Up Inside event.

The Aspects arts festival brings together some of the most renowned figures in the world of music, literature and comedy, and also features workshops and tutorials from a range of industry experts across the whole month of September.

For Page, this was not first visit to Belfast. In the early 1960s, the Middlesex-born rocker played rhythm guitar on a single for Van Morrison's first musical vehicle Them.

In the years that followed Morrison's split from the Belfast-based blues-rock group, he went on to become one of Northern Ireland's most successful musical exports.

The crown jewel of Jimmy Page's Belfast story, however, was on March 5 1971 when Led Zeppelin played their iconic Stairway to Heaven live for the first time at the Ulster Hall, in a landmark, sell-out gig.

The Aspects festival concludes tonight at the Festival Yurt in Bangor Castle Walled Garden, where critically acclaimed Irish author Tara West will be holding a discussion on her newly released memoir.

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