Greysteel Community Festival organisers are hoping for good weather and a sold out crowd when country music star Nathan Carter plays in the village next month.
Chairman of Greysteel Community Association Raymond O’Hara wants to pack out the grounds of Saint Mary’s, Faughanvale GAC grounds on August 11.
“Last year we had the festival and the weather was terrible, so we thought this year we would concentrate on one thing we know would be certain of drawing a crowd no matter what the weather!” said Mr. O’Hara, explaining in previous years several well known Irish bands and top names have played at the Festival including Bagatelle, Smokie and Mike Denver.
“Nathan Carter is probably the biggest draw around right now. He has a massive following and already we’re well on our way to selling out! People love Nathan Carter, so we’re hoping for a great day,” said Mr. O’Hara. “I suppose in all it was a month before we finally had confirmation he was going to play, so we’re really delighted.”
Mr O’Hara says the annual festival is about raising funds to keep the Community Association going. He describes it as the “hub of community”, providing a “lifeline” to dozens of people in the area.
“We provide so many different activities, for people of all ages in the community and for many people who come to our clubs, they’d be lost without it,” said Mr. O’Hara.
The Association - located off Gortgar Road in Greysteel - provides a variety of events such as The Over 65s Club, pilates classes, and the venue is also used to run a number of events and classes by the community.
“We celebrated our 20th anniversary last year and the support we received at that showed just how much people appreciate the Association.
“I suppose it’s a real source of social interaction for people too, and people focus their week around the activities they attend here,” said Mr. O’Hara.
The Association is funded by support from local businesses and also receives funding from Limavady Borough Council, which is dependent of how the Festival fares each year.
“The Festival will start from 3pm onwards on Sunday 11th August with music and activities until support band ‘Let Loose’ take to the stage at 5.30pm. For kids we have face painting and and other fun activities, we hope families will come out and enjoy themselves,” said Mr O’Hara. “We also hope the good weather returns and shines on us!
Tickets cost £10. For information call 71 812136.