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Amelia Earhart festival gets off to a flying start

By Donna Deeney

May 21 has been designated Earhart Day in Londonderry to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s solo transatlantic flight.

A billboard was unveiled yesterday to mark the opening of the Earhart Festival celebrating the pioneering aviator’s successful ocean crossing and touchdown in Northern Ireland.

The festival has been running for the last six years but this is the first time a day has been set aside to officially mark her achievement.

Earhart took off in her famous red plane, The Bessie, intending to arrive at Paris but got into difficulties and was forced to touch down in a field on the outskirts of Derry.

Mayor Maurice Devenney said: “The achievements of Amelia Earhart are recognised globally and it is important we celebrate this history throughout our community so that there is a lasting legacy.

“The festival offers a great range of family-orientated events and it is with great pleasure that we offer our support.”

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