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Lights, music, action as Bangor 400 continues

Jonathan Kennedy

Celebrations of Bangor's 400th anniversary continue this weekend with a line up of fantastic music and a 3D light show at the Town Hall.

Vocal trio Swingabella will kick off the party on Saturday at 6pm with a musical journey through time, bringing back the sound of the 30s and 40s and a repertoire including hits by the Andrews Sisters.

Next up are local boys Otis and The Elevators and hit jazz band King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, who are making their debut appearance in Northern Ireland. More familiar to playing exclusive London jazz club Ronnie Scott's, the band will be performing classy numbers in the style of hit makers Louis Jordan and Eddie Cleanhead.

On Sunday an event billed as Bangor 400 Voice takes place, starting with a church service at 6pm followed by a celebration of choral excellence which will see Bangor Ladies Choir, Open Arts Choir, New Irish Youth Choir and Belfast Community Gospel Choir join together for a special concert.

And on both nights at 10pm the Town Hall will be used as the backdrop for a 3D light projection show using visual reflections to energise Bangor Castle and bring it to life as the 400 year old story unfolds, according to organisers.

Council events officer Wendy Smith said: "Bangor 400 and Open House has been a massive success for us, we filled many events to capacity over the summer.

"Romeo and Juliet in the Walled Garden sold out over both nights, we had 3000 people at the bluegrass picnic and even our regular Sunday events in Ward Park got around 1000 people coming along, when last year we would see an average of between 200 to 300 people, so overall it's been great. And we don't go to sleep once the summer is over, we have the Aspects Literature Festival starting soon, with some great literary and music events, and the Seapark Fireworks in October, so there's lots going on."

For more information contact Bangor Tourist Information Centre 9127 0069 or visit northdowntourism.com.

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