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On the grapevine - June 9

NORTH DOWN

Summer Saturdays

This Saturday, June 11, at McKee Clock from 3-5pm, North Down Borough Council’s Summer Entertainment Programme continues at the Sunken Gardens with Yodel — contemporary Circus meets traditional Alpine culture in a splendid display of stupidity.

This is a highly original, funny and energetic show that will charm any audience.

The Summer entertainment programme will see live street theatre at The Sunken Gardens every Saturday in June and every Saturday and Sunday in July and August (from 3-5pm).

There will also be live music at The Bandstand in Ward Park every Sunday from 3-5pm during July and August. So keep an eye out in local press each week for details of the upcoming artists.

For more info, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069or www.northdowntourism.com.

Bangor boat trips

The popular tourist boat departs from Eisenhower Pier for Herring fishing at Blackhead Bay at 6.30pm this Saturday June 11. Fare only Ad £19, CH £13.

For more info www.bangorboat.com.

Cockle row cottages

The Peak Discovery Group will be bringing along their impressive flying falconry display this Saturday, June 11, from 2-4pm at Cockle Row Cottages.

Sunday, June 12, is crafts day — come along for the craft fair and why not ‘Make your own Seagull’ with Carmel Dyer.

The cottages are open daily, June to September 4, 10.30am-4.30pm. For more info, Bangor TIC: (028) 9127 0069 or www.northdowntourism.com.

Optimist Ulster Championships

The Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, on Cultra Avenue, will be hosting the Optimist Ulster Chamionships this Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12.

For more info, Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, Eileen Fulton: (028) 9042 8041.

Summer sports

Don't forget North Down sports department have summer fun activities — for the weeks timetable click www.northdown.gov.uk/summeractivities

ARDS

Secret service

Spies and Servicemen: Secrets Revealed!

The secrets of spies and servicemen will be revealed this month (June 25) when the author of the first — and only — authorised history of MI6 gives a lecture in Newtownards.

Keith Jeffrey, a professor of British History at Queen’s University, was given unprecedented access to the archives at MI6 to research his book ‘The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949’ which chronicles the first 40 years of the UK’s foreign intelligence service and was published last year to great critical acclaim.

Now in a lecture organised by Ards Borough Council to marked Armed Forces Day 2011, Professor Jeffrey will talk about the history of British Intelligence, its officers and agents from the foundation of the agency in 1909 to the early Cold War. He will focus particularly on its relations with ‘customer’ departments such as the War Office and the Admiralty, as well as the tensions, especially during the Second World War, between MI6 and its sister clandestine organisation, Special Operations Executive (SOE). He will also reflect on the realities of espionage and discuss the extent to which the ‘real’ James Bond might match the very famous fictional character.

The lecture ‘Spies and servicemen: MI6 and the armed forces’ takes place in the Somme Centre, Bangor Road, Newtownards on Saturday, June 25, at 4pm. Admission is free, but by ticket only from Ards Borough Council, 2 Church Street, Newtownards, Tel: 028 9182 4017, E: ards@ards-council.gov.uk.

Kircubbin snappers

A local camera club has mounted a new exhibition of work, showing images from places as far apart as the Ards Peninsula and Peru.

Kircubbin Digital Camera Club will be displaying examples of photographs taken by its members while at home and abroad in exotic locations such as India, Australia, South Africa and Machu Picchu in Peru, in the exhibition at Ards Tourist Information Centre in Newtownards.

The exhibition runs until June 26, after which it moves to Portaferrry Tourist Information Centre for one week. It will return again to Portaferry from August 1-5.

For further information contact the Tourist Information Centre, Regent Street, Newtownards on 028 9182 6846 or call Kathleen at the Digital Camera Club, Tel: 028 4273 8230.

‘Say cheese’ to fight cancer

A hilarious comedy called ‘Say Cheese!’ will be staged at the Web Theatre, North Street, Newtownards, this week in aid of the Ulster Cancer Foundation.

‘Say Cheese!’ by Bernard Farrell will be performed by Banteer Drama Group this Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, at 8pm.

Tickets for the performance cost £10 and are available from the box office, phone 9182 8234, or log on to www.webtheatre.biz

War time heritage appeal

Can you help the Somme Heritage Centre (near Newtownards), in their bid to preserve heritage?

Together, the University of the Third Age (U3A), an international educational organisation run by and for retired people which has 5,000 members province-wide, and the Somme Heritage Centre, are now looking for memories and memorabilia.

If you have information or memorabilia which would help the Somme Heritage Centre , please ring 028 9146 2043 or 028 9145 9644.

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