Banks of the Foyle Festival rocks Greysteel

Columba Mailey, Paul Butterfield, Catherine Farrimond (Community Development Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council) Elaine Porteous (manager) and Emmet Barr (administrator) launching the Banks of the Foyle Festival which takes plave from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August. INLV3515-107KDR
Columba Mailey, Paul Butterfield, Catherine Farrimond (Community Development Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council) Elaine Porteous (manager) and Emmet Barr (administrator) launching the Banks of the Foyle Festival which takes plave from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th August. INLV3515-107KDR
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The inaugural ‘Banks of the Foyle Festival’, which takes places this weekend, offers something for everyone, and aims to promote the good image of Greysteel, organisers have said.

In its first year, the three-day festival features live entertainment and a variety of sport and community activities.

Programme officer, Columba Mailey said the overall aim of the festival is to promote the village of Greysteel, and help inject life into the local economy.

“Our motto and ethos is to regenerate the village of Greysteel socially and economically in the aftermath of the Troubles. We want to promote the good image of the village and all that it has to offer,” said Columba.

“We want to provide something for people they normally wouldn’t have access to and they would have to go elsewhere for.”

Funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, with a grant administered via the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, most of the activites will take place at The Vale Centre.

The Festival features live entertainment tonight at The Vale Centre at 8pm, hosted by Faughanvale GAC, with Derek Ryan and his band. On Saturday there is a 5K family fun run at The Vale Centre at 10am, preceded by a five-a-side blitz at 11am.

There will be an all-day fun fair at The Vale Centre and a treasure hunt starting at 7pm. At 9.30pm, there is a pub quiz at the Rising Sun bar. On Sunday at 9am there is a Tour of the Foyle cycle leaving at 9am. followed by all day entertainment.

For information about the festival, and any of the events, call The Vale Centre 028 (71) 812253 or go online to the facebook page Banks of the Foyle Festival.