What a lovely weekend of Choirs, Bands and Christmas Markets.
Thanks to everyone in all the community groups who came together with PAST to put on a great line up to launch Christmas here in Portaferry.
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Congratulations to the following prize winners in gala recent halloween ballot
1st prize Sarah Murphy
2nd prize Tom Mason
3rd Prize Paula Mcmullan
4th prize Jane Birch
5th prize Aiofe Mcgrattan
Thanks to everyone who supported and donated
The Gala Committee would like to offer their deepest condolences to the family of Liam Gilmore.
Liam was one of the founding members of the Gala, nearly 50 years ago and for many was THE voice of the Gala throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
Saturday, July the 30th, saw the first in a series of events taking place place around the Ards Peninsula, until October, celebrating Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink.
Ards and North Down Borough Council, presented the first Peninsula Food Showcase.
Based around the Square, residents and visitors had the chance to sample local produce from artisan producers and were able to pick up some tips from top chefs at live cookery demonstrations.
More information on the various events is available online at www.visitardsandnorthdown.com
We’d like to thank all our sponsors and indeed everyone, who worked so hard to make the Festival such an enjoyable event this year. Plans are well underway for the 50th Birthday next July and as always we welcome feedback from EVERYONE. If you have any ideas, suggestions or would like to contribute in anyway, please do get in touch. You can fill out the feedback form by clicking here, and all comments are taken on board. We hope our visitors enjoyed the welcome and the events over the week and that we’ll see them again next year. It was fantastic to see some of the older events back in the programme this year and wonderful to see a new generation getting into the Gala Festival spirit. Float Friday night shows just how big a community event the Portaferry Gala is – we hope visitors from our neighbouring towns and villages had a great, relaxed evening and we look forward to seeing you all again next year, thanks again for your support and for making Gala 2016 the event it was.
The results of the race are now online, click here to download.