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Seaside Revival Day In Bangor By The Sea

This Saturday, 11 August, Bangor County Down will be reliving its heyday as a prominent coastal resort with Seaside Revival – a celebration of all things vintage, local and seaside inspired.

The FREE event is the first key landmark in a three-year project led by Open House Festival and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Great Place scheme, that aims to re-establish Bangor as a thriving seaside town. It will be held on the second weekend of the 6th annual month-long Open House Festival Bangor

Seaside Revival Day

Throughout the afternoon, the seafront area from the McKee Clock around to Skipperstone Beach, just beyond the old Pickie Pool site, will be celebrating the music, dancing and lifestyle of Bangor’s past, from the 1920s Victorian sea bathing era, through to the dancehall days of the 1940s and 50s.

As well as live music on the Revival Stage from the likes of The Riviera Swing Band and the Saberjets, Ireland’s best Rockabilly band, attractions will include a vintage flea market, a fashion show by Living Vintage, a vintage car show and boot sale, street entertainment and a See Make & Do tent with, amongst other things, a sewing station, poetry workshops, upcycling demonstrations and an artefacts exhibition. A vintage double decker bus will host a talk by local historian, Peter Vanucci, about Bangor’s Italian families. There’ll also be a Gin Emporium and vintage-style food stalls, as well as prizes for the Best Dressed Lady and Man, and the Best Dressed Window in the town centre.

Open House Festival

Open House Festival Manager, Alison Gordon, said: “The Seaside Revival project is really significant for us and for the town. We’re expecting thousands of people to visit Bangor on Saturday, and have so much to offer them. We’re really excited about our 1920s Picnic and Splash at Skipperstone Beach, the site of the ladies bathing area in Victorian times. There’ll be lots of swimmers dressed in Victorian costume, and a very special Vinyl DJ set from Duke Special. We’ve also got a Conversation Caravan – a specially renovated caravan where we’ll be recording people’s memories of Bangor’s bygone days.”

Social designer and Bangor lover, Wayne Hemingway, has provided advice and support to the event and the overall project.

Paul Mullan, Head of HLF NI, said: “It’s fantastic to see the local community get behind this event to showcase their town and use its rich heritage to help attract new visitors and re-position it as a vibrant, energetic seaside destination for the future. We are delighted to support this Great Place using money raised by National Lottery players, and hope everyone enjoys this first Seaside Revival.”

Bucket Loads To Do

Fringe Seaside Revival events during the Festival include: a Seaside Stories themed Tenx9 storytelling event in the Marine Court Hotel on Friday 9th; Bangor Rocks, a musical bus tour of Bangor taking in the birth places and stomping grounds of its musical sons and daughters on Sunday 12th and Sunday 19th; and Seaside Stomp – a WW2 inspired dance event in the British Legion on Friday 17th, celebrating the spring of 1944 when an influx of US marines descended on the town.

Seaside Revival – Bangor by the Sea is funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund. The supporting partners are: Ards and North Down Borough Council, Bangor Chamber of Commerce, Boom! Studios, North Down Community Network, North Down Development Organisation, and Main Street My Street. The event starts at 1pm and runs through to 6pm.

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Targeted Consultation on Taxi Fares Review Launched

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has launched a targeted consultation on a taxi fares review as part of her ongoing plans to assist the taxi industry as they rebuild following the Covid restrictions.

The Department has written to all stakeholders, including the Consumer Council, to seek their views on proposals to increase the maximum taxi fare tariff across Northern Ireland.

Minister Mallon said: “Throughout the pandemic I have engaged regularly with the taxi sector and acknowledged the pressures that they have been under. I provided £16.7million of support to existing drivers from the two financial support schemes and regulatory support that I put in place last year and I remain committed to working with the sector in continuing to monitor the impact of Covid restrictions on them.

“Last week I announced an Action Plan to provide further support to the taxi industry and a key part of that was the intention to consult on taxi fares, as this was a specific concern raised during our engagement with the taxi sector.

“The targeted consultation launching today is aimed at people involved in the taxi industry in Northern Ireland, including taxi operators and drivers.  It will also consider consumers who use taxi services through engagement with the Consumer Council.  My Department has written directly today to all those in the sector and the Consumer Council and I would encourage responses by 5.00pm on Friday 15 October.

“Once the responses have been analysed my officials will provide a report for my consideration.  Following consideration of the feedback, I would hope to be in a position to implement any proposed changes before the Christmas 2021 period, subject to the necessary legislative changes.”

The consultation documents are available on the DfI website at: Taxi Fare Increase Targeted Public Consultation

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Grab The Balmoral Show App To Open New Experiences

Download the Balmoral Show App ahead of the 2021 Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank.

The app is a handy pocket tool to help guide you on your visit around the Show featuring trade stands and key attractions. To stop you missing out on the action, it also features the Show timetable of events across the action packed four days.

Users will also be able to live stream all livestock and equine classes from the Cattle Rings, Sheep Shearing Fold, Horse Rings 1 & 2 as well as the Main Arena. 

Zara Hughes, RUAS encourages visitors to download the Balmoral Show App ahead of the 2021 Show.

The app is available for download from Monday 20th September on Apple Store and Google Play. Simply search for “Balmoral Show” and download!

The 152nd Balmoral Show takes place from Wednesday 22nd September to Saturday 25th September at Balmoral Park, Lisburn. Tickets are selling fast and must be purchased online in advance at www.balmoralshow.co.uk. Conditions of entry can be found online at www.balmoralshow.co.uk.

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