Portstewart Town Hall For EHOD 2019

Sep 14 2019
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The Crescent, Portstewart, County Londonderry,
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Portstewart Community Association are hosting a Memory Sharing day in the Town Hall

The picturesque seaside town of Portstewart celebrated the 50th anniversary of its annual Community Arts Festival last year.

The festival has grown so much since inception in 1968, it is now renowned throughout Northern Ireland and beyond. Originally known as Portstewart Carnival and Festival, it became Red Sails Festival in 2000 to commemorate the song ‘Red Sails in the Sunset’ by Jimmy Kennedy, which was written overlooking Portstewart bay and inspired by a little yacht whose sails were lit up red by a vibrant summer sunset.

The week long festival takes place at the end of July and is run by charity group, Portstewart Community Association. Expect music, drama, Irish dancing, street theatre, sand sculpting, fancy dress and much more. There are competitions for all ages and the festival culminates in a grand finale concert and fireworks display at The Crescent. For full programme details go to www.redsails.co.uk.

Many happy family memories have been created at the Red Sails, and it is a priceless piece of Portstewart’s heritage. It was a beacon of hope throughout the troubles in Northern Ireland and proof that we could unite in fun regardless of our backgrounds.

To celebrate the festival, Portstewart Community Association are hosting a Memory Sharing day in the Town Hall at The Crescent, on Saturday 14th September 2019 between 14:00 and 17:00 as part of the annual European Heritage Open Days.

We will have a display of old memorabilia dating back to 1968 and we are inviting the public to come along with photographs and videos of their time spent at the festival or just to share fond memories of the event.

Refreshments will be provided.

Everyone welcome.

Further information can be obtained by emailing info@redsails.co.uk