Festival looks back at key moments in Ulster history

Launching the New Mossley Festival, Covenant to the Somme, Rea McMaster as Lady Carson, Peter Brady as Lord Carson, Jackie Shaw as Machine Gunner of the 36th Ulster Division, David McCallion as 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and Joan Steed as Nurse. INNT 26-005-FP

Launching the New Mossley Festival, Covenant to the Somme, Rea McMaster as Lady Carson, Peter Brady as Lord Carson, Jackie Shaw as Machine Gunner of the 36th Ulster Division, David McCallion as 15th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles and Joan Steed as Nurse. INNT 26-005-FP

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NEW Mossley Community Group has announced the programme of events for its ‘All Our Yesterdays’ festival, taking place during July.

The festival, which is funded by Newtownabbey Borough Council and open to everyone in the local community, will kick off on Wednesday, July 4 at 2pm with a special American Independence Day tea dance at the Elim Church at Ballyearl Green.

On Saturday, July 7 the ‘100 Years On’ event will feature a War Years Remembered exhibition at the Elim Church between 10am and 4pm. There will also be a re-enactment of the signing of the Ulster Covenant at 12noon, when actors in period dress will help bring the historic events of 1912 to life. There will even be a special visit to the estate by Lord Carson himself (actor Peter Brady), and children’s entertainment throughout the afternoon from 12.30pm - 3.30pm.

“People can expect a really good day,” said Community Group Chairman, Jack Shaw. “The guy who does Carson is absolutely brilliant and I think people will really enjoy it.”

On Friday, July 27 the Community Group has organised a special ‘Titanic Day’. There will be a children’s party at the Elim Church between 12pm and 2pm, following which buses will leave the estate for a visit to Titanic Belfast.

Tickets for the visit to the new Titanic Belfast visitor centre can be secured for a deposit of just £5 per person.

All the events throughout the festival are open to local residents, and the wider community.

For more information look out for the ‘All Our Yesterdays’ flyers that will be distributed in the local area over the next few days.