Festive fun for Killyleagh
Published: Fri, 8 Dec 2017
Killyleagh was the destination for festive cheer on Saturday (2nd December), thanks to the Housing Executive.
For the first time, the village had its own permanent Christmas tree due to the hard work and efforts of the Killyleagh Community Association.
Alongside the lighting of the Christmas tree, there was a carol service hosted by the local churches of all denominations as well as other festive activities.
As part of the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion department, over £800 has been provided to fund the Christmas event. Santa Claus also made an appearance on a sleigh pulled by reindeers.
The Christmas tree was donated by Christine and Denis Lynn of Finnebrogue as last year, there wasn’t any community led activity to celebrate Christmas. This year’s Christmas festival was one of the biggest events ever in Killyleagh.
The Housing Executive’s Bronagh Magorrian said: “The effort by Killyleagh Community Association in launching the inaugural Christmas festival should be greatly welcomed.
“Already this year, the local community association has held summer and autumn themed events are helping tackle issues around anti-social behaviour in Killyleagh. The Christmas event has required a large amount of preparation, so we hope all residents will support by coming down and enjoying the festivities.
“The Housing Executive aims to foster vibrant communities by working with key stakeholders and the Killyleagh Community Association have already made an extremely positive impact in the local area.
Raymond Love of the Killyleagh Community Association added:
“The Christmas festival had a positive, social impact on the residents of Killyleagh, as it brings everyone together to celebrate Christmas in the centre of the village. The event attracted new visitors to the area, to see it as an attractive place to do business and see the sites.
“Without the good-will of the local community, we could not have turned the Christmas festival into a reality. From generous donations, helping hands to positive messages – this event was for everyone in Killyleagh, so we hope to see as many residents as possible.
“The Killyleagh Community Association has enjoyed an great first year in existence and we would like to thank the Housing Executive for their continued support and guidance in helping us serve the people of Killyleagh.”