Limavady celebrates 400 years in style

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Limavady will celebrate its 400th birthday with three days of events in the town centre this week, and the local community is urged to get involved.

A one-off radio station will broadcast from the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, beginning on Thursday at 9am and a full itinerary of events will complement the station in the square outside.

Locals can pick up the Limavady 400 radio frequency on 106FM.

A family fun day, a mini festival and a world record push up attempt are just some of the free events earmarked for Drumceatt Square.

“As it is our birthday, we are calling on young people to come along and help us make a giant birthday card to celebrate this momentous occasion on Thursday,” said Limavady events coordinator Andy Chapman. “Experienced community artist Sinead Smyth will be on hand from 12 noon, not only to help you do your bit on the big card, but to assist you with making an individual card which will be displayed in the arts centre. The cards will be whatever your imagination creates using all sorts of materials, not just card… anything to do with Limavady, from the ‘Leap of the Dog’ to ‘Danny Boy’ and everything and anything in between is what we are looking for. Don’t miss out – join us for an afternoon of creative fun. All materials are supplied and admission is free.”

Storyteller Noreen Hamilton will also be on hand to entertain children in the square with 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm sessions. Her storytelling of myths and legends and other wonderful magical tales will be sure to keep youngsters enthralled.

Also on Thursday, find out about many of the activities across the borough during the afternoon - Carrowmena, Blokarting, Foylehov and Segway Express are all confirmed for the square.

Ballymully Cottage farm will host the third instalment on the Stendhal Festival on August 16th and 17th, and locals will be given a taste of what to expect at a free mini festival in Drumceatt Square on Friday. The event will run throughout the afternoon, beginning at 12 noon.

The square will then host Limavady’s world record push up attempt at 5pm. It is hoped at least 400 people will gather to perform push ups for one minute. If you can even manage a couple of push ups in a minute, then you are urged to come along and take part. As many as 40 volunteers are also needed to act as adjudicators, so everyone will get a job. Come along and help Limavady make history.

It’s time for a celebration time on Saturday afternoon as a free family activity day takes centre stage in Drumceatt Square.

A range of fun activities will be on offer from 1pm to 3pm. Limavady Cage Sports will have the PCSP Cage Soccer available on the square, which is sure to be popular. This is a two on two soccer match inside the cage. This high adrenaline game is fuelled by customed music that is played into the cage. The match lasts two minutes and the team with the most goals wins. Other activities on offer for youngsters include a bouncy castle, gladiator joust and the bungee run and all are free. Also on Saturday there will be live music from the square throughout the afternoon as the town celebrates its 400th birthday. Visitors will have the chance to go on live radio as part of the Limavady 400FM project.