Community marquee coming to Creggan for first time ever

Kevin Campbell (TRIAX Neighbourhood Management Team and local councillor) and Shauna Deery (Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership - Manager).
Kevin Campbell (TRIAX Neighbourhood Management Team and local councillor) and Shauna Deery (Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership - Manager).

People living in Creggan will have their chance to enjoy Derry’s community marquee this weekend.

It’s a first for the area. The marquee will be used to stage a wide array of family and community orientated events today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership (CNP)Manager, Shauna Deery, explained why community groups in the area made sure 2015 was the year the marquee came to Creggan.

“If anyone saw us out with measuring tapes all over Creggan for the last few months it was because we were trying to find a place to erect the marquee,” explained Shauna.

“It’s been a year in the making but finally we have been able to bring it to Creggan and it would not have been possible without help from Derry City and Strabane District Council,” added Shauna.

Derry City and Strabane District Council has supported the local community by allowing them to erect the marquee on the Bishop’s Field outdoor sports surface near Central Drive.

“We’ve heard about how the communities in the Bogside and the Fountain have been able to make a success of the marquee so this year we were determined to make sure it was Creggan’s turn,” said local Sinn Fein councillor and member of the Triax Neighbourhood Management Team, Kevin Campbell.

The weekend long event begins today with a sports event called the Youth Olympics and it will be organised by the Old Library Trust’s Sweet Project. St. Mary’s Youth Club is also involved.

Local band, ‘The Clameens’ have been working with local young people all this week. Local young people have been learning how to play musical instruments and they will top off their training by performing live inside the marquee later today.

The Triax Neighbourhood Management Team will host a special family fun day in the marquee on Saturday. The event will run from 2pm to 6pm.

The main showpiece of the weekend long event will be a special ‘Stars In Their Eyes’ talent competition in the marquee on Saturday. Tickets cost £5 and all profits will be donated to local charities and it will be on from 8pm to 1am.

On Sunday, a car boot sale, organised by Dove House, will take place in the marquee before a tea dance for older people at 8pm. Tickets for the tea dance cost £5.

“Creggan is famous for its community spirit so I hope as many people as possible come out and avail of all the community marquee has to offer this weekend,” added Shauna.

For more information on any of the activities telephone 028 7128 1900