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Video: 'An Independent People' offers tourists a unique look into the story of Ulster's Presbyterians

By Kirsten Elder

Published 25/01/2016

A new tourist initiative, ‘An Independent People’ looks at the fascinating Ulster Presbyterians history from the early 17th century to the present day, and explores epic journeys of thousands of families throughout the centuries.

 ‘An Independent People’, a BBC and Heritage Experience series will consist of a triple DVD and booklet along with a six-day guided tour delving deep into and promoting Ulster’s rich cultural heritage.

The six-day guided tour kicks off on Monday 26 September 2016 and will visit areas of great significance including Newtownards, Belfast, Londonderry, Omagh, Donegal, Glens of Antrim and the Giant’s Causeway.

The series was launched by Presbyterian Moderator, Rt Rev Dr. Ian McNie and presenter William Crawley, who presented the series in March 2013.

Presbyterian Moderator, Rt Rev Dr. Ian McNie, said: “This exciting new project will enable visitors to discover iconic sites and find out more about a strong, determined people that provided the New World with presidents, prime ministers, generals and leading industrialists.

Presbyterians, along with many others, helped to create great nations with their hard work, resilience and pioneering spirit. But first and foremost they brought with them the good news of Jesus Christ.”

Presenter, William Crawley, said: ’An Independent People’ tells the remarkable story of Ulster’s Presbyterians, and their remarkable legacy, and it provides the narrative that could attract thousands back to these shores to explore their cultural roots.”

Ken Nelson, Chairman of Heritage Experience and Chief Executive of LEDCOM said: “There are millions of people throughout the world who can trace their heritage back to the Ulster Presbyterians who emigrated from this shores in search of a better life in the New World. We want to give them the opportunity to come here and experience at first hand where it all began.”

Heritage Experience is a social enterprise between LEDCOM and the Ulster Historical foundation and the Ulster Scots Community Network, it aims to promote the cultural heritage of Ulster.

For more information or to purchase the DVD visit www.authenticulster.com

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