Creggan gears up for fun day tomorrow

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A community fun day will be held in Creggan tomorrow to bring the Féile 2012 events in the estate to a close.

The events will include a gala festival parade, family fun day and open air concert in the Bishop’s Field culminating in a fireworks display.

Creggan community leader and festival organiser Sean McMonagle has encouraged as many people as possible to come along and support the fun day. “The whole ethos of the fun day to celebrate everything that is great about Creggan,” he said.

“This is an opportunity for local people to come out and have a good time in a positive way and is something that the people of Creggan can be really proud of.

“Creggan has been through a tough time lately but this is a great place to live and there is so much talent in the area and that is what we will be celebrating with these events,” he explained.

Mr McMonagle also said this year’s programme of events is the biggest ever. “The people have always been great about coming out and supporting the festival and with this year’s being bigger and better than ever before we are hoping that even more people will get behind it this year.

“The main addition this year will be the outdoor concert at the Bishop’s Field in the evening. The majority of the performers are from the Creggan area so it is a real celebration of local talent. This will be an alcohol free event and will end with a spectacular firework display to round off what will hopefully be a great day for the area,” he said.

The community worker also said he is hoping for good weather for the fun day. “Obviously we will be hoping for the sun to shine but regardless of the weather we will continue and no doubt people will enjoy themselves whatever the weather is like.

“We appealing for as many people as possible to come along and make this day a success and have a celebration that everyone in Creggan can be proud of,” he said.

The fun day events will get underway at 1.30pm with the Carnival parade which will start at the Beechwood Shops on Beechwood Avenue and make its way to the Bishop’s Field for the family fun day.

The celebrations at Bishop’s Field will begin at 3pm and will include bouncy castles, inflatable slides and sumo suits as well as rodeo bull and surf board rides. A host of old carnival favourites will also be on offer and music will be provided by DJ Tomski.

The open air concert will begin at the Bishop’s Field at 7pm and will feature local traditional group, Soilsiu, Creggan musicians Audrey McLaughlin and JJ O’Dochartaigh, as well as ten piece ska band, Soul Seekers.

The entertainment will end with a firework display at at the Bishop’s Field at 11pm.