Here comes the 12th Marconi Festival

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THE annual Marconi Festival takes place on Sunday, 5th August 2012 at Ballycastle’s sea front. This is the twelfth year that the event has been held and organised by the Marconi Radio Group and supported by the Moyle council Communityy Grants scheme.

The event marks the work of Marconi, Kemp and Granville in 1898 when the world’s first commercial signal was sent from Rathlin to Ballycastle across water.

The club will be sending signals across the world on Sunday from the seafront in memory of the work of the great Marconi that was pioneered in Ballycastle and Rathlin Island. It is hoped contact will be made with several countries from all over the world.

The day will get off to an early start with live music from 12 noon onwards, a car boot sale and a variety of entertainment to include Teddy Bears Picnic, Dog Show, Sand Castle Competition and Bonnie Baby Competition.

The Northern Ireland Fire& Rescue Service will be doing their usual displays, the Coastguard will be promoting a safer sea journey and the PSNI will be displaying modern day policing equipment, and the Community Rescue Service will have their command unit on display to allow people to have a look around it and see exactly what they do.

There will be a full range of musical entertainment throughout the day.

CSSM will be opening their Ballycastle programme at the festival with a full rang of activities and will be taking part throughout the day. If you want to take part in the weeks events please call Hannah on 07743797005 or call at Ballycastle Presbyterian church at 11am on Monday 6th August 2012 where you can get full details of the weeks programme of events

This year there will be a ball race on North Street where 1000 balls will be released at the top of the street with the winners receiving prizes sponsored by the club.

The programme of events and times are

8.00am - Car boot sale throughout the day.

12.00noon - Live music by Michael Kennedy throughout the day

2.00pm - Line dancers,Irish Dancers, PSNI, NIFRS& Coastguard displays all day, Ballymoney old vehicle vintage car club display and vintage tractor club display

3.00pm - Official opening of festival by Cllr Sandra Hunter Chairman of Moyle District Council

4.30pm - Dog show.

4.30pm - Bonnie baby competition and Irish Dancers

5.00pm - NIFRS display.

5.00pm - Line line dancers, Teddy bears picnic at seafront.

5.30pm - Judging of best built sandcastle, Ball race at North Street.

Children’s entertainment and radio transmissions will take place all day from the Marconi Radio Group unit at the seafront.A selection of Bouncy castle’s will be operated by the Community Rescue service throughout the day so come along there will be something for everyone at the Seafront on Sunday 5thh Aungust 2012.