THE stars hit the red carpet on Friday night for the Coors Light Go Belfast annual awards but it was latecomer Christine Bleakley who stole the show.
Christine who won the media personality award on the night arrived at Belfast’s Europa Hotel with her Premiership football star boyfriend Chelsea star Frank Lampard.
However, it was a swift visit for the Daybreak presenter, who had been up from the early hours of the morning for the ITV show.
On collecting the award Christine said: Thank you for this award. I’m delighted for all the support I have received from Northern Ireland.
Wacky comedian Keith Lemon hosted the proceedings as a string of celebrity guests handed out awards for everything from Hotel of the Year and Visitor Attraction of the Year to Restaurant of the Year and Live Music Venue of the Year.
Walking the red carpet were celebs such as DJ Dane Bowers, TV personality Michelle Bass, Sweeney Todd/Casualty actress Jayne Wisener, English glamour model Katie Green, Glen Wallace (formerly of Hollyoaks), Sophie Powles who plays Holly Barton in Emmerdale, as well as Sacha Parkinson and Brooke Vincent who play Sophie and Sian in Coronation Street.
And performing inside was former X-Factor contestant Jamie Archer who sang his version of the Kings of Leon hit Sex On Fire.
This year over 25,000 were cast across 13 categories making it the most successful year of voting in the awards history.
And as always there was a charity benefactor.
The glitzy bash is donating proceeds to the Oh Yeah Music Centre’s innovative new Oh Yeah Rocks Out, a programme aimed at
inspiring and nurturing Northern Ireland’s future stars.
According to organisers Oh Yeah hopes to fund the new programme for a year to 18 months with funds raised at the event.
CEO of Oh Yeah Stuart Bailie added: Our next challenge is to take the music beyond the building and into the communities where the talent can use the support.
In 2011, we aim to deliver Oh Yeah Rocks Out helping young people to find their voices and to take part in the bigger musical adventure.
We believe that there’s some amazing potential out there, and with the right resources, we can help it along.
Hotel of the Year The Merchant
Visitor Attraction of the Year Ulster Museum
CafÃ© of the Year Swanton’s
Festival/Event of the Year Belsonic
Pub of the Year Laverys
Fashion Retailer of the Year House of Fraser
Restaurant of the Year Nick’s Warehouse
Live Music Venue of the Year The Empire
Newcomer of the Year Horatio Todds
BY TINA CALDER