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Country house hosts Harvest event

One of Northern Ireland's finest Georgian country estates is to host thousands of music fans at the end of this month.

Grey Abbey House on the Ards Penninsula was built in 1762 but will come alive to the sounds of the Harvest Music Festival.

The Villagers, Farriers and Duke Special are among performers at an event marking the 400th anniversary of the bestowal of a royal charter on the area. A bazaar will be also be created, including a food avenue and craft village.

Mayor of Ards Borough Council Stephen McIlveen said: "This is a special event in a very unique venue, combining great music with great all-round family entertainment and I look forward to welcoming the crowds to Greyabbey on Saturday 31 August."

Grey Abbey has been in the possession of the Montgomery family since 1607, when Sir Hugh Montgomery (later 1st Viscount Montgomery of The Great Ards) arrived in Co Down from lowland Scotland.

The present house is the third to be built on the site overlooking Strangford Lough, a designated area of special scientific interest.

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