Harryville celebrates community spirit

Harryville residents recently enjoyed a variety of sights, sounds and flavours from around the world at a unique community festival held as part the annual July celebrations.

Harryville celebrates community spirit

Facilitated by the EU PEACE III Programme funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) programme in conjunction with the Harryville Partnership Initiative, Ballymena Council and the Forward Project, the popular event on July 11featured four marquees all showcasing the international culture of the area and the wide range of arts, crafts and cooking on offer there.

Representatives from the Indian, Chinese, Latin American and Eastern European communities were on hand to demonstrate their traditions and cultures with a selection of traditional arts and delicious dishes from their native countries.

Held as part of the family fun day in KingGeorge V Park, the event was well attended by the local community and also featured an assortment of attractions for all the family to enjoy including face painting, bouncy castle, zorbing and a bungee run.

Denver McMeekin, Chairman of Harryville Partnership Initiative, praised everyone who helped make the event a success.

“Today has been a resounding success and is testament to the hard work of all those involved including the Partnership Initiative, bric Programme, Ballymena Council and local residents.

“Events like this are an exciting and fun addition to the July celebrations but they would not be possible without the continued support of the bric Programme.

“Harryville Partnership Initiative is delighted to be involved with the bric Programme and we look forward to building this relationship further.”

Kerry McIvor, bric Programme Manager, said:

“Community spirit and good relations lie at the heart of the bric Programme.

“These events offer local residents a fun and memorable addition to their celebrations and are just part of the wide range of activities and services being facilitated by the bric Programme across Northern Ireland.

“This is now the third year of the programme and in that time we have been able to assist 88 groups with support for events like this, hands-on training and practical advice, all aimed at building better relations in local communities.”

Chris Davis, Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, said:

“The support of the bric Programme and the hard work of the local Partnership Initiative have been invaluable in making this event such a success.

“The Housing Executive is delighted to be involved with the bric Programme and the invaluable work it does to help empower local communities to achieve their goals of creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life.”