Spice Girls star and author Geri Halliwell-Horner has told The Nine O’Clock Show on RTÉ Radio 1 that Titanic Belfast is the “best museum” she has visited.
She told presenter Brendan Courtney that her son Monty, six, who is obsessed with the ill-fated liner, is the reason she visited – but said she was “so moved” by the experience.
The attraction, on Belfast’s Queen’s Island, where the Titanic was launched in 1912, has become a global tourism success since opening in 2012.
The striking building by the River Lagan draws tourists from across the world to learn more about the engineering achievements of the ship and its passengers, as well as the sinking in the North Atlantic more than a century ago.
Halliwell-Horner was being interviewed at the Tower of London about her book Rosie Frost and the Falcon Queen, when she singled out Titanic Belfast for praise for how it tells the story of the tragedy.
“My son is obsessed with the Titanic, so it was thanks to him [that I went],” the singer said.
“I took him to the Titanic museum and I have to say it was the best museum I’ve ever been to. From start to finish, I was like, ‘Ireland, you’re ahead of the game in engineering’.
“It was incredible.
“The way it showed how all these people came together, then showing the beautiful architecture, then the horrible, tragic story, and then it shows you what was found afterwards – all the photographic evidence at the bottom of the sea, deckchairs, it wasn’t just one thing.
“I was so moved afterwards, and that was just sharing a story.
“It was so good – quite overwhelming, though.”
Source: Press Association