Jam packed festival programme in the ‘dee

THE popular Donaghadee Summer Festival gets into top gear next month with 34 different events taking place including the first ever Ulster Fry World Championship. 

Denis Waterworth, Chairman of Donaghadee Community Development Association, which co-s the organisation of the festival each year, is delighted with the programme.

“Over 20 organisations are putting on events and we have a fantastic mix,” he said.  “History and heritage, music and dance, sports, crafts and competitions, there’s something for everyone including young children, teenagers and older people will find something of interest. ” 

The programme includes many of the more popular events from previous years including the spectacular horse relay on the beach organised by Gransha Equestrian but this year the organisers have introduced a celebration of Ulster Scots Heritage which will run from August 17 – 19. 

Denis explained: “Donaghadee was the main point of entry for the Ulster Scots, many of whom settled in the area.  We have had Ulster Scots events here in the past but we want to build this up into an annual event. 

We are indebted to the Ulster Scots Agency for their financial support and to the Ulster Scots Community Network for their advice and guidance. The programme includes a historical exhibition, talks, a re-enactment of the arrival of the first settlers, crafts, music and the very first Ulster Fry World Championship.” 

The Ulster Fry Competition is the brainchild of Donaghadee Community Partnership chairman Harold Weir, who is delighted to see the idea come to fruition.

“The Ulster Fry is very much part of Ulster and I thought it would be good to see whose is best,” said Harold.

We have worked closely with Ards and North Down Borough Council and FoodNI to establish how best to organise the competition and I’m hoping to see it grow in popularity.  We are also delighted to have legendary TV cook Jenny Bristow along to judge and compère the event.

Trevor Conway has taken the lead on drawing up the music programme.

Our celebration of Donaghadee’s rich Ulster-Scot’s heritage showcases not only our cultural past but also the influence of the Ulster-Scots genre in today’s contemporary music scene,” said Trevor.