OK….lets get this straight. A big ship “Titanic” was built in Belfast. It sank on its maiden voyage in 1912. It was a tragic loss of life (1,512 people died). In my youth, I knew people who claimed to have worked on it.
But frankly nobody in Belfast ever mentioned it. Then along comes a movie with Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslett and we claim the ship as a great icon of our city.
We have Tshirts “Titanic…….built in Belfast……it was ok when it left here” and this year we must celebrate its centenary. We even have a Titanic Quarter built on the site of the old shipyards. And we have got a great big bilding which will be “the worlds largest Titanic Experience”. This is the booking office in Cornmarket, Belfast.