Belfast Telegraph

Friday 4 September 2015

Busy weekend for Bangor

Published 23/09/2010

Bangor will be buzzing this weekend as people pour into the town for two events.

Over 600 athletes from home and abroad will be lining up at Bangor Castle at 11am for the start of the annual 10k road race while yards away, in Castle Park, a marquee is being erected for a 48 hour Christian event.

Local couple Tom and Iris Ross have put the marquee on the site of the world famous Bangor monastery where St Comgall and his fellow monks carried out round the clock prayer for more than 150 years in the 7th and 8th centuries. The monastery was destroyed by Vikings around 850 and it is fitting that a group from Finland will be opening this weekend’s event — 48 hours of worship open to everyone.

Well known worship leaders such as Robin Mark, Joanne Hogg, Ian Hannah and Brian Houston will be taking one hour slots, as well as David Ingham, the Psalm Drummers and many others.

“People are welcome to call in for 10 minutes or stay the whole weekend,” said Tom, of Celts on Fire ministry. “There won’t be any preaching and there is no admission charge. We are looking forward to seeing God’s presence among us and experiencing all the peace and joy and healing that that brings.”

For further information on the 48 hours of worship, contact Tom at

The Bangor Classic 10K road race, with North Down Council in conjunction with North Down Athletics Club, is open to runners of all abilities. For details email

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