Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Roadshow gives Portaferry a chance to speak its mind

The Belfast Telegraph's Tell Us About It roadshows will be taking in venues across the province
The Belfast Telegraph's Tell Us About It roadshows will be taking in venues across the province

The Belfast Telegraph Tell Us About It Roadshow today sails into Portaferry to talk to people in the town.

Following on from our roadshow in Londondery last week, reporters Lesley-Anne Henry and Heather McGarrigle will spend the day on the streets of Portaferry and seek out the issues that matter to people.

They will be at the Market House from 1pm, keen to hear what the people of Portaferry have to say and what stories should be informing our newspaper’s coverage.

Our journalists will be wearing Belfast Telegraph branded T-shirts, so come over for a chat and let us know about life in Portaferry or what new stories need to be addressed.

The Belfast Telegraph has always prided itself on covering local news, national and international stories.

The Tell Us About It Roadshows follow that proud tradition, and are taking place as this newspaper celebrates its 140th anniversary.

At 7pm, broadcaster Lynda Bryans will chair a Question Time-style debate in the Exploris Aquarium, situated on the shores of the marine nature reserve, Strangford Lough. Bringing a wealth of experience to her role, Lynda will be keeping our panel members in order and facilitating questions from the floor.

Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson will also be there to hear views from the people of Portaferry on how best the paper should serve our readers.

He will be joined on the panel by Strangford DUP MP Jim Shannon, Alliance councillor and MLA Kieran McCarthy, SDLP councillor Joe Boyle, Ards mayor David Smyth and the chairman of Portaferry Regeneration, Doug Edmondson.

Mr Shannon, who became MP for Strangford following the resignation of Iris Robinson, said the roadshow was a “perfect opportunity” to interact with the public.

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