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U2's Bono the surprise guest at Snow Patrol concert

Mairead Holland

ROCK star Bono made a surprise appearance at the Snow Patrol gig in Bangor on Saturday night in a musical show of unity between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The Dublin U2 frontman joined Gary Lightbody and the rest of the band on stage to perform the iconic song 'One'.

"No them, there is only us," he sang to the delighted crowd, estimated to number around 35,000.

This was the third gig for Snow Patrol - who are celebrating 25 years together as a band - at the Bangor venue, having previously headlined in 2010 and 2007, and they again took the park by storm.

Gary Lightbody introduced 'One' by saying that although Ward Park 3 was a day celebrating the best of Northern Irish music, they also wanted to “pay homage to the great music that comes from the Republic”.

Another famous face at the Bangor gig was Friends star Courteney Cox, who was there to support her Snow Patrol Derry-born musician boyfriend Johnny McDaid.

Snow Patrol also paid tribute to murdered journalist Lyra McKee during their performance of Take Back the City, projecting a picture of campaigners at a same-sex marriage parade in Belfast carrying a cut-out of Lyra’s name.

Snow Patrol return to Ward Park in Bangor for the third time. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Lightbody is also due to take part in the final leg of a 'walk for peace' from Belfast to Derry in memory of the north Belfast woman, ending in the city today.

He had branded the previous Ward Park gigs two of the best days of the band's lives. "Every time I go out in Bangor... the only question I ever get asked is, "When's the next Ward Park?" he said.

Support acts at the gig included local bands Two Door Cinema Club, Foy Vance, Soak and Ash.

Snow Patrol took Ward Park by storm. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

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