Showband era recalled


ON Saturday, September 28, there will be many new attractions at Kilcronaghan’s 16th annual Vintage Rally and Family Fun Day and the organisers are delighted that their special guests will, once again, be Billy McFarland and Kenny Archer.

Billy has often been described as the ‘King of the showband era’ and, no doubt, the magical sounds of his golden trumpet will be a highlight of the day.

n Kenny Archer :

The highly acclaimed Country singer and yodeller Kenny Archer has been a long-time friend of this event, so country music and jiving enthusiasts will have a feast.

For more details of everything that’s planned please contact the centre (7962 7826). Vintage exhibitors, with over 200 expected, will be given a complimentary light lunch and a small souvenir. All exhibitors and stall holders are advised to arrive early – certainly before 11am when all the activities will begin at the Kilcronaghan Centre at the Five Road Ends (the centre of the Draperstown, Desertmartin, Tobermore triangle).

Lots of parking space will be available and the huge site is ideally suited to an event such as this. All admission charges have been maintained at the same rate for over a decade, with all children of school age getting in free. Don’t forget the dog show, the craft and home produce fair, the stalls, the car boot sellers, etc. The Smith School of Irish Dancing and the Sollus Highland dancers will also be featuring.

New attractions this year include the flower arranging tent, the food tent and the farm family’s health van. In addition there will be free circus skills and hula hoop workshops and the Dogs Trust will be offering free micro-chipping. Offers of voluntary help are always welcome, while sincere thanks are given to local businesses for sponsorship and to Mid-Ulster Council’s Festival Grant for support.


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