THIS year’s New Mossley Festival concluded on Friday, July 27 with a special ‘Titanic Day’.
People of all ages enjoyed a range of activities at New Mossley Elim Church before buses ferried more than 100 people to Titanic Belfast - the multi-million pound visitor attraction which opened earlier this year.
“We got really good numbers,” explained Jack Shaw, Chairman of New Mossley Community Group. “More than 140 people went down to the Titanic centre and they really enjoyed the day. The young people enjoyed the games and magic show at the party in the Elim Church as well and we’ve had a really good response.”
The ‘All Our Yesterdays’ festival kicked off on July 4 with an American Independence Day tea dance, and continued three days later with the ‘100 Years On’ event - a War Years Remembered exhibition and a re-enactment of the signing of the Ulster Covenant, including a special visit to the estate by Lord Carson himself (actor Peter Brady). The arrival of a gang of Hell’s Angels bikers during the festival also proved a big hit with people in the estate.
Mr Shaw thanked all those who participated in the festival, particularly Pastor Frank Silo for the use of the Elim Church and Newtownabbey Borough Council and the Big Lottery for funding the project. And he revealed that preparations are already under way for a similar programme of festival fun next summer.
“It’s been a great hit overall. Everyone who turned up thought it was absolutely fantastic, so hopefully the word will spread about how good it was and we’ll get even better crowds next year.”
South Antrim MLA Danny Kinahan, who attended Friday’s Titanic Day, praised all those involved in helping make the ‘All Our Yesterdays’ festival such a great success.
“I take my hat off to everybody who has come and helped with the programme of activities - these things don’t organise themselves and take a lot of collaboration and hard work by people who are committed to making their communities thrive.
“I wish this great community group every success in the future and look forward to being invited to everything they do,” the UUP man commented.