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Stunning timelapse of Belfast’s Maritime Festival

The view from UTV's Belfast headquarters at City Quays 2. Credit: UTV

Ships from around the world have dropped anchor in Belfast over the course of the popular three-day Maritime Festival in the city.

Drawing on Northern Ireland’s rich maritime history, the festival helps to boost tourism and provides plenty of sights for locals to enjoy as well.

Sailortown, Donegall Quay, Queen’s Quay and the Titanic Quarter came alive across the bank holiday weekend, after the first visitors pulled into the harbour towards the end of last week.

Crowds turned out around the Titanic Quarter to enjoy the sights. Credit: Presseye

Among the visiting ships were the tall ship Pelican of London and a ketch rigged Dutch sailing barge, alongside naval vessels from as far afield as Mexico.

A host of family-friendly events and activities were also on offer for all those who turned out for a look at the seafaring displays.

The annual Belfast Maritime Festival provides a tourism boost for the city. Credit: Presseye

With UTV having a prime spot to take it all in from our City Quays 2 headquarters, we decided to make the most of it – capturing timelapse footage from our roof to share with you.

The weather may not always have played ball, but the views were always stunning.