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Landmark Belfast buoys to be moved to new Titanic Quarter home

The painted buoys in Belfast city centre are being moved to the Titanic Quarter. Picture by Mal McCann

PAINTED buoys which have been a familiar sight in Belfast city centre for decades are to be moved to the Titanic Quarter.

The buoys, which are a nod to the city's long maritime history, had sat in Cathedral Gardens beside Ulster University's campus on York Street since the 1980s.

They were so distinctive that the small park became known colloquially as 'buoy park'.

It is understood they were removed over the weekend.

A spokeswoman for Belfast City Council said the structures will be repainted before they are moved to their new permanent home.

"The recent redevelopment of the Ulster University campus along with plans to regenerate the wider area around this section of the city centre have prompted plans to relocate the famous buoys - which celebrate our maritime heritage," she said.

"They will be repainted before taking up residence near Abercorn Basin later this spring."

The buoys have been removed from Cathedral Gardens beside Ulster University in Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

Buoys removed from Cathedral Gardens beside Ulster University in Belfast are to be re-homed in the Titanic Quarter. Picture by Hugh Russell

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