Events planned to mark 175th anniversary of Belfast Harbour Commissioners

Belfast Harbour boss Joe O’Neill with chair Dr Theresa Donaldson, launching the 175th celebrations.

A PROGRAMME of events has been launched to mark the 175th anniversary year of Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

The trust, which owns Belfast Harbour, will stage a series of events along the waterfront and Maritime Mile area.

Founded in 1847, Belfast Harbour Commissioners has overseen the complete transition of the port from a shipbuilding centre to a diverse hub for tourism, business and education.

Belfast Harbour chief executive Joe O'Neill said: “For decades Belfast Harbour Commissioners has been known for its civic leadership and contribution to the growth and development of the city of Belfast and the whole region.

“We are proud of our heritage and draw inspiration from the work started 175 years ago, as we continue to innovate and deliver for the people of this region and play our part in the ongoing evolution and transformation of Belfast," he said.

“Working in close partnership with Maritime Belfast Trust, the milestones that mark Belfast Harbour's 175-year journey so far will be celebrated in the coming months in a range of activities along Belfast's Maritime Mile.”

An outdoor photographic gallery is already open for free public access in the harbour area. Delivered in partnership with Belfast Photo Festival, the City Quays Gallery, showcases the work of world class photographic artists until September 2022.

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