Re-enactment honours Olympian
A North Antrim town will be transported back 100 years tomorrow night as it honours an Olympic hero in unusual style.
A re-enactment of the journey taken by Dervock-born Kennedy Kane McArthur in 1912 after he secured the gold medal in the marathon at the Stockholm Olympics will take place at 8pm.
A century ago, a fortnight after he had won the gold medal, he stepped off the train to be welcomed by thousands of well-wishers in Ballymoney and greeted by a Guard of Honour from the Boys’ Brigade.
He was brought through the town on a carriage pulled by the townspeople. At the head of the procession was a brass band playing ‘See, The Conquering Hero Comes’.
Just as it happened a century ago, it is planned to re-create McArthur’s homecoming parade through the town.
‘McArthur’ will be met in Seymour Street by a Guard of Honour from the Route Battalion of the BB.
He will be invited to board a carriage which will be pulled through the town by members of Springwell Running Club, who have been actively involved in organising the Dervock Marathon on July 21. The procession will be led by the Ballyduff Silver Band and will pass up Main Street and High Street and finish at the Town Hall.
‘McArthur’ is played by Patrick Buchannan, the actor filling the role in the forthcoming drama, The Golden Point and Afterwards.
It will be performed in Ballymoney (July 13-14) and Dervock (July 19-20).