Titanic Yardmen Cycle and Walk

Dressed as shipyard workers from the early 20th century, 1000 yardmen walkers and cyclists followed in the footsteps of the generations of Harland and Wolff yardmen who made their way to the shipyard through east Belfast, in aid of Bowel Cancer UK.

Titanic Yardmen Cycle and Walk

Approximately 400 cyclists departed from the Billy Neill Centre and travelled along the Comber Greenway. 600 walkers departed from Pitt Park after a welcoming cup of tea at Westbourne Presbyterian Church and made their way to Sydenham Road via the re-established Fraser Pass Link.  All the Yardmen converged at Belfast’s newest visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast, where local actor Dan Gordon recognised their key role. He said, “It is a spectacle in itself to see so many people, including many ex-shipyard workers, recognising the role of the yardmen while raising money for a great cause – dunchers off to the organisers!”

The Titanic Yardmen Cycle and Walk was a tribute to the work of the late Rosi Kirker-Miller who, following diagnosis with bowel cancer, was dedicated to raising awareness of and funding for the treatment of bowel cancer, the second biggest cancer killer in the UK with almost 16,000 deaths per year.

Anyone still wishing to make a donation to Bowel Cancer UK can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/yardmen or by texting YARD99 £insert amount to 70070.

A huge thanks to all who participated on the day and to all our volunteers without whom the event would not have been possible.

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Copies of the iconic image above can be purchased on Bradley Quinn's website