Saturday 29th May 2010 good news once again dropped through the letter box of Loughries Chairman, Hamilton Gregory. Loughries had applied to Ards Borough Council -at short notice, for a mini Ulster Scots Festival Grant, through the Community Development Office (Mr. Geoffrey Porter).
The application process was extremely competitive, however Loughries were eventually successful and the planned project will be go ahead held in Newtownards in the autumn 2010.
Full details of the Festival will be advertised later this year, however Loughries are delighted that their application was successful and we see this as recognition and endorsement from Ards Borough Council for some hard and dedicated work being put in by our committed management team.
To incite your appetite – Philip Orr author and historian will provide a historical talk / lecture as will Mr. Jack Greenald; music is planned with the Lord Londonderry’s Own CLB Band, Newtownards Orange Choir, Thompson Brothers and a bus tour of the much anticipated Ulster Scots Tour of the Peninsula.
Tickets for all the planned events will be made available in good time so keep looking in for details.
This will be Loughries first attempt at a festival of sorts, we are convinced that there is an appetite for these type of events in Newtownards & Ards Peninusla area and we are determined to build on Loughries successes in recent times.