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Movie fans will have their Kate Winslet moment on the sumptuous staircase

VISITORS to Titanic Belfast will be able to have their 'Kate Winslet moment' after bosses originally tried to reserve a replica staircase for conferencing or banqueting events.

There was uproar after it emerged that part of the North's newest tourist attraction would be off-limits for regular guests.

But in an attempt to stop the criticism a new series of events called 'Staircase Sundays' have been introduced.

The majestic staircase, made famous by the 1997 film, sparked a wave of complaints after it was revealed that it would only be accessible to those who were attending functions at the £97m (¤117m) building.

This meant that customers who paid to visit the centre could not access the staircase, which was custom-built using red oak.

However, less than two weeks after it officially opened, Titanic Belfast is now looking to introduce 'Staircase Sundays', which will give members of the public an opportunity to pose on the staircase in the style of Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

"Titanic Belfast are delighted to announce that they will be holding Titanic Tea Parties across selected Sundays, held in the opulent surroundings of the Titanic suite, featuring the near-replica grand staircase," a spokesperson for the venue has revealed.

However, the events are so far only planned for a selection of weekends across May and June, so public access to the staircase will remain restricted to certain dates.

Titanic Belfast has met with massive success since its official opening on March 31 and has attracted widespread publicity.

Last week, Una Healy's Saturdays bandmate Rochelle Wiseman posed with her JLS fiance Marvin Humes on the staircase.

The anniversary has proved to be more educational than previously anticipated for some. A Twitter timeline has gone viral, which shows numerous people in shock having only just discovered that the Titanic was a real event -- and not just a plot created for the 1997 blockbuster film.

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