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Secretary of State hosts Good Friday Agreement reception at Game of Thrones venue

Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in Game of Thrones

Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris will host a reception to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement at the home of the Game of Thrones Studio Tour.

People from across the community involved in the crafting of the agreement, and those involved in the subsequent referendum, received invites to the reception this Thursday. 

Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris

The studio tour outside Banbridge opened early last year. It recreates the sets and scenes from Game Thrones, the often dark, violent, fantasy created by George R.R Martin and turned into a long running series broadcast first on HBO.

Game of Thrones was filmed in Belfast and at locations across the north over nearly a decade.

A scene from Game of Thrones. Picture by Helen Sloan
"The Secretary of State is hosting a reception to honour the role played by people across the community in Northern Ireland in the signing of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement and building peace in the 25 years since," an NIO spokesperson said.
The Dragonstone set from hit TV show Game of Thrones, on display as part of the Studio Tour

"The reception will also celebrate the benefits that the Agreement has brought, including to the Northern Ireland economy.

"As an internationally successful TV brand centred on Northern Ireland, Game of Thrones is a shining example of how the TV and film industry sector has flourished since the Agreement."  

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