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Belfast Telegraph gives the people of Lurgan a chance to speak out

By Emily Moulton

Today is the day the people of Lurgan get to have their say as the Belfast Telegraph roadshow rolls into the Armagh town, giving you the public the chance to let us know what matters most to you.

Throughout our history the Belfast Telegraph has prided itself on covering local news as well the national and international stories and the Tell Us About It roadshows are firmly within that tradition.

From 1pm today our reporters Victoria O’Hara and Emily Moulton will be in the High Street and Market Street areas gauging your views on the issues affecting the community.

Then later that evening local politicians and business leaders will come together for a Question-Time style debate.

On the panel will be Upper Bann DUP MP David Simpson.

He said he was looking forward to the event.

“I think it is a good opportunity where residents and others can put their questions and views to their elected representatives in relation to the area. I would encourage people to attend.

“I’m really looking forward to hearing the issues from the people because at the end of the day it is the ordinary rank-and-file individuals at the coal face who are living in the area and know the issues and problems. That is why we need to hear it straight from them.”

Joining the pair on the panel will be Craigavon mayor Stephen Moutray, SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly, businesswoman Avril Mawhinney and Belfast Telegraph deputy editor Gail Walker.

Hosting the event in Lurgan Town Hall is one of Northern Ireland's most familiar faces and best known broadcasters, Lynda Bryans.

The former UTV presenter, who has covered stories throughout Northern Ireland during her long career, is chairing all of the roadshow meetings.

She will be keeping a rein on our panel members while also facilitating audience questions.

Issues raised and opinions aired during the course of each roadshow day will then be reported in detail by the Belfast Telegraph.

This will be the same for all roadshows which will take place on a weekly basis into November.

The next Tell Us About It event will be held in Londonderry on September 29 and then Portaferry (October 6), Newcastle (October 14), Enniskillen (October 21) and Omagh (October 28).

The final roadshow will be in Belfast in November, including a full Question Time-style panel with leading politicians.

How you can get involved

  • Talk to Belfast Telegraph reporters in your town centre, as they seek out people’s views during the Tell Us About It roadshow days.
  • Go to public meetings that night and put your priorities to local politicians and civil leaders on the panel.
  • Get involved online - use the form above to table questions in advance for the panels

Our reporters will be at every venue

Belfast Telegraph journalists will be hitting the road as part of our Tell Us About It roadshows.

Reporters will be visiting towns throughout Northern Ireland to hear about the issues which are important to you.

During the day our experienced news team will be out and about in town centres learning about stories which you would like to see featured in the Belfast Telegraph.

Then in the evenings they will be joined by more members of the editorial staff at the public meetings which promise to provide a unique insight into the issues which affect you.

The Telegraph team coming to a location near you are:

  • Lurgan, September 23: Victoria O’Hara and Emily Moulton
  • Londonderry, September 29: Donna Deeney and Lisa Smyth
  • Portaferry, October 6: Adrian Rutherford and Heather McGarrigle
  • Newcastle, October 14: Deborah McAleese and Amanda Poole
  • Enniskillen, October 21: Linda Stewart and Anne Madden
  • Omagh, October 28: Adrian Rutherford and Heather McGarrigle
  • Belfast, date to be confirmed: Victoria O’Hara and Maureen Coleman

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