From its inception in the late 1920s, the Ideal Homes Exhibition is now an autumn tradition, with thousands expected to attend the King's Hall Belfast to see a variety of local businesses displaying their wares.

The event is a great opportunity to create a massive showroom within which exhibitors and the public can get together. The focal point of the exhibition is always the show-house constructed within the King's Hall where builders, kitchen fitters and furnishers can all display their crafts.

The new organisers of the exhibition are the Robinson family and Joe Robinson explains how they will be putting their unique stamp on the show. The main change is in the name. By calling the show 'Tomorrows Ideal Home Exhibition' they are asking exhibitors to offer something new to the buying public.

I'm pleased this year that so many exhibitors have made a large effort to present decent stands with a lot of flair and imagination and design.

Robinson is very impressed with how some of the glazing stands are representing new concepts in glass and design work. But the main talking point of the exhibition is the nuclear fall-out shelter under the show-house.

I wouldn't like it to be treated as a gimmick...it is one that we will all have to consider very, very carefully.

This futuristic addition to the show-house has provoked anti-nuclear protests outside the King's Hall.
 
An RTÉ News report by Denis Murray broadcast on 15 September 1981.