Past and present meet at Castlemara July celebrations

Past and present blended perfectly at a unique cultural event held in the Castlemara area on July 11.

Past and present meet at Castlemara July celebrations

Featuring traditional fife and drum musicians alongside modern bands, the day also included a visit from a Williamite regiment in full military uniform and was part of the calendar of events in Castlemara over the holiday period.

Facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) programme in conjunction with Castlemara Community Association, the cultural event also featured a very popular petting zoo, face painting, archery demonstrations and a penalty kick competition.

Speaking at the event, Stephen McGaughey, Chairman of Castlemara Community Association, said:

“Today has been a resounding success and is testament to the hard work of the Community Association and the continued support of the bric Programme.

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

“Castlemara Community Association 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 Community Association 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.”