Belfast pays tribute to designer of Titanic

 

Belfast is paying tribute to the man who designed its most famous ship - the Titanic.

Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers will unveil a plaque at the former home of Thomas Andrews, 90 years to the day that the ship left Belfast for Southampton to begin its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Mr Rodgers says it is a fitting tribute to one of Northern Ireland's most illustrious engineers. "It's important that there is a plaque because lots of people will want to come to see the house that Thomas Andrews lived in. There was nobody able to design ships like him".

Commissioned by the Ulster History Circle, the plaque will be unveiled at the house now occupied by the Irish Football Association at Windsor Avenue in south Belfast.

Mr Andrews lived there for four years before his death on board the world's most famous ship.

A series of events has been taking place in Belfast as part of a festival to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the launch of the Titanic, including a gala dinner at Belfast City Hall.

The Titanic - Made in Belfast Festival will end with a service of commemoration in St Anne's Cathedral on Sunday.

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