Performing arts festival gets ready for 40th anniversary

Getting ready for the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of Banbridge Performing Arts (formerly Speech & Drama) Festival are President Frank Mulligan, Secretary Pat Mulligan, Vice President Joyce McMurray, Mary Graham and Barbara Singer � Edward Byrne Photography INBL16-214EB

Getting ready for the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of Banbridge Performing Arts (formerly Speech & Drama) Festival are President Frank Mulligan, Secretary Pat Mulligan, Vice President Joyce McMurray, Mary Graham and Barbara Singer � Edward Byrne Photography INBL16-214EB

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Banbridge Performing Arts Festival is 40 years old this November and to celebrate the event, the Council Chairman, Mrs Olive Mercer, is hosting a special evening on Tuesday night April 29 in the old town hall at 7.30pm.

Planning for the first festival started way back in late 1974 and the first festival took to the stage in November 1975 in the Belmont Hotel.

Forty years later it has gone from strength and is still in the same venue, the Belmont Hotel.

 

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