Earhart anniversary celebration evening

Amelia Earhart landing in Derry in 1932. (2408C08)
Amelia Earhart landing in Derry in 1932. (2408C08)

An Amelia Earhart Celebration Evening of Story and Song will be staged on Thursday 21 May, it has been announced.

The event will be held in the Amelia Suite of the City Hotel at 7pm and will mark the 83rd anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s unscheduled landing at a field in Ballyarnett.

A spokeswoman for the event said: “The internationally renowned storyteller, Liz Weir, will join the Cabaret Club’s Ursula and Deirdre with guitarist Paul to enthrall our North West audience with their creativity and talent in an Evening of Celebration honouring the 1932 successful solo transatlantic flight of US aviatrix, Amelia Earhart, ‘Queen of the Skies’ on the anniversary date of her landing her plane in Ballyarnett, near Culmore,”

Tickets will be available at the door on the evening are priced £10 and £7 concessionary. A donation will be presented to the Pink Ladies Group at this event.

Amelia Earhart set out from Newfoundland back in May 1932 hoping to become the first woman to fly solo and non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean.

Her intended landing destination was France but her red Lockheed Vega touched down in Derry instead.

Local farmhand Dan McCallion asked the question ‘Have you flown far?’ as he took in the scene of the aviator coming out of her cockpit in a field of cows.