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Mid & East Antrim Council reshapes 2020 events calendar in light of Covid restrictions

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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Events Calendar for coming months has been reshaped to reflect the ongoing public health guidelines around the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 – but there are plenty of things planned for our people to get involved with virtually!

Following on from our hugely successful and well received Virtual VE Day events, which included social distancing street parties and a virtual ‘Ringing Out for Peace’ initiative linking local churches, Council’s Events Team have been busy working on a programme of engagements and celebrations for all to enjoy.

In addition to facilitating drive-in church services across the borough, Council has planned a number of virtual events over the next few weeks, including the Knockagh Somme Commemoration on 28 June and the sold-out Farmers’ Bash at Ballymena Showgrounds on 3 and 4 July.

The anniversary of the Battle of the Somme will be marked by Council through a virtual programme on the day, with more details on exactly what’s planned due to be shared on our social media channels.

The inimitable Dalriada Festival will also have a new look this year, with organisers rebranding the family celebration as Dalriada Home Fest scheduled for 18 July.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Peter Johnston, said: “It is really encouraging to see that Council has kept events and community celebrations high on the agenda.

“The Virtual VE Day celebrations brought so much joy to our borough during the earlier phase of the Coronavirus lockdown, and it was fitting that we were able to honour those who gave their lives during World War Two despite not being physically together.

“It is really pleasing to say that Council has led the way in marking significant events and ensuring that we secure the festivals for the future as part of our economic recovery plan.

“I would encourage everyone to keep an eye on our social media channels for the latest updates on what’s planned over coming weeks and months!”

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