Thousands expected at the King's Hall Belfast for the Ideal Homes Exhibition.
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 hope to put their unique stamp on the show. The main change is in the name. By calling the show 'Tomorrow's 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.
Joe Robinson is very impressed with how some of the glazing stands are representing new concepts in glass and design work. The main talking point of the exhibition is the nuclear fall-out shelter under the showhouse.
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 showhouse has provoked anti-nuclear protests outside the King's Hall.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 September 1981. The reporter is Denis Murray.