Marconi festival this Sunday

The annual Marconi Festival takes place this Sunday 7th August at Ballycastle’ s sea front. This is the eleventh year that the event has been held and organised by the Marconi Radio Group.

The event marks the work of Marconi, Kemp and Granville in 1898 when the worlds 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 12noon onwards, a car boot sale and a variety of entertainment to include Teddy Bears Pic Nic, 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

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

This year there will be a ball race on North Street where 1000 pink 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 2.00pm Topp line dancers.PSNI, NIFRS & Coastguard displays all day. Ballymoney old vehicle vintage car club display vintage tractor club display 3.00pm Official opening of festival 4.30pm

Dog show. 4.30pm Bonnie baby competition. 5.00pm NIFRS display. 5.00pm Topp line dancers. Teddy bears pic nic 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.

Ballymoney Model flying club will be flying Planes and helicopters throughout the day as well.