Marconi Festival next Sunday in Ballycastle

THE annual Marconi Festival will take place in Ballycastle next Sunday, August 5.

The festival is now in its twelfth year and takes place on the sea front.

The event, organised by the Marconi Radio Group marks the work of Marconi, Kemp and Granville who in 1898 sent the first commercial signal from Rathlin Island to Ballycastle.

On Sunday, August 5, the Group will be sending signals from the seafront in memory of the work of the great Marconi.

It is hoped that contact will be made with countries from all over the world.

The fun kicks off at 12 noon, events include a car boot sale, a teddy bears picnic, a sand castle competition and a bonny baby competition.

The Northern Ireland Fire and 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.

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

The festival will be officially opened by councillor Sandra Hunter, Chair of Moyle District Council at 4pm.