The Dean of Belfast, the Very Rev John Mann, will launch the 38th Belfast Cathedral Sit-out for charities on Friday December 12.
The launch has been brought forward – it usually begins a week before Christmas Eve – to coincide with the unveiling of a Blue Plaque to Dean Sammy Crooks, who started the Sit-out tradition in the lead up to Christmas 1976.
Dean Mann is hoping this year’s Sit-out tally will reach his target of £200,000 and, as our pictures show, has been scaling great heights – namely the inside balcony and even the roof of the lofty Cathedral – to shout about it!
A short ceremony to unveil the Ulster History Circle’s Blue Plaque begins inside the Cathedral at 11.45am on Friday, and the Sit-out will get underway afterwards.
As usual, Dean Mann will record his Sit-out experiences in the Black Santa Diary, to appear daily in the Belfast Telegraph from Monday December 15.