Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

South Belfast festival will be a right royal affair

Putting the finishing touches to the Candy Floss Cart at TREE Training Centre are: Robert Aiken, Paul Robinson, Gary Dowie, Graham Bowden, Angela Johnston and Paula Bradshaw

Residents on the Donegal Road are getting ready for a Royal festival at the Greater Village Regeneration Trust (GVRT) and TREE Training Centre later this month.

The festival, which runs from August 14 - 16, is in homage to the newest royal, Prince George, and kicks off next Wednesday from 2-4pm with a 'Royal Afternoon Tea' for seniors on the first floor hall of Richview Regeneration Centre. In addition to refreshments, a quiz, Royal photo opportunities and congratulatory letters to William and Kate will also be available.

A trip to Carrickfergus will take place to celebrate Prince William's peerage of the historic town on Thursday 15. The trip will include some time walking around the market, with a tour of the castle and then lunch in its dungeons.

The bus will be leaving GVRT's offices at 9.30am and return mid-afternoon. Places are free and can be booked on 02890333527.

To round the festival off, a family fun fair will take place on the Donegall Road from 1-5pm on Friday 16.

The fair will include bouncy castles, football shoot-outs and fairground games, fancy dress competition, face-painting and temporary tattoos, army activities, hot-dogs, candy floss and more.

GVRT will also be encouraging local residents to call up to its Fit4Life Centre in Richview Regeneration Centre, to try out its machines and fitness equipment, and find-out about its programme for September to December.

Angela Johnston, Community Development officer at GVRT, said: "The people of the area are always keen to find ways of getting together to celebrate good news, especially with the Royal family. We would encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the fun!"

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