The 1969 YFCU Arts Festival has proved to be an overwhelming success.
Capacity crowds attended each of the three centres, Cookstown, Portstewart and the King George VI Youth Centre, Belfast, and the gaiety, colour and humour of the entertainment from the participating teams has ensured the popularity of the event with the public in future years.
Representatives of Cantrell and Cochrane Ltd attended the Festival centres, and a spokesman for the company which had sponsored the Festival said that they had been only too pleased to be associated with the promotion of talent in Young Farmers’ Clubs.
Although the Festival was non-competitive, awards were given to those clubs which attained a good all-round standard of production and presentation, and special awards are presented at the discretion of the adjudicators to clubs whose entries were of outstanding merit.
Awards of special merit went to Aughnacloy, Cappagh, Coleraine, Kilrea, and Seaforde, and awards of general merit were won by Glarryford, Kilraughts, Moycriag, Loughgall, Clanabogan, Lylehill, Straid, Rathfriland and Donaghadee.
It was “standing room only” at Portstewart Town Hall when clubs from County Derry and North Antrim staged the area festival.
The capacity audience thoroughly enjoyed the gay and colourful entertainment provided by the festival teams from Coleraine, Glarryford, Kilraughts, Kilrea and Moycraig clubs and the compere John Governor of Garvagh.
Awards of special merit were won by the groups from Coleraine and Kilrea Young Farmers’ Clubs. The Coleraine entry, which was produced by Miss Dorothy Stevenson, took a trip around the world in music, dance poetry and songs, with a series of tableaux by a beautifully dressed cast.
Kilrea group, with the theme “Laredo” set their scene in an old time Western saloon with a spoken narrative linking cowboy songs and ballads of the Wild West.
Their producer, Maurice Livingstone, had created a truly authentic atmosphere. They were complimented on their costumes and on their make-up artist Hans Clyde, for his attention to detail.