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Flower Festival at Lambeg Parish Church

A Flower Festival entitled 'The Church at Worship' by floral artist Alan Beattie
will be held in Lambeg Parish Church from Friday 4th to Monday 7th May.

Rev Ken McReynolds Rector Lambeg Parish Church

Rev. Ken McReynolds Rector

Lambeg Parish Church

Dame Mary Peters Friday 4th May
Dame Mary Peters will perform the 'Official Opening' on Friday evening at 7.00 pm after which the Flower Festival will be open from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. On Friday afternoon there will be previewing for those with special needs between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. If you fit into this category, just come along and enjoy the festival in a relatively quiet and unrushed environment. (Complementary refreshments will be available)

Saturday 5th May
On Saturday the Flower Festival will be open 10.00am to 9.00pm.

Sunday 6th May
Mark Russell (Chief Executive Church Army)Special services will be held on Sunday when the guest speaker will be Mark Russell (Chief Executive Church Army).
Holy Communion at 9.30am.
Family Worship at 11.00am.
Evening Celebration Service at 6.30pm (Special guests - the Mayor and Mayoress).
On Sunday afternoon the Flower Festival will be open from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Monday 7th May
On Monday the Flower Festival open from 10.00am to 6.00pm and on Monday evening at 8.00 pm there will be a closing concert featuring Ballyclare Male Choir, Symington Memorial Silver Band and Soloist Laura Kerr (Accompanist Geoffrey Cherry). Tickets (Numbered Seating) '8.00.

Catering at the Festival
Morning Coffee, Lunches and Afternoon Tea will be available throughout the day on Saturday and Monday, as will light refreshments on Friday night and afternoon tea on Sunday between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. These will be served in the marquee in the car park.
Group Catering and High Teas will be available on Saturday and Monday by arrangement and these will be served in the church halls.

Concert Artists
The concert, with which we bring our festival to a close, promises to be a 'musical treat'. Ballyclare Male Choir, which is making its first visit to Lambeg, has become well known through-out the British Isles where it has obtained many accolades as a result of performances on radio, television and the concert platform. It has achieved numerous successes at Festivals throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland and most recently, in May 2005, at the Wharfdale Festival of Performing Arts in Ilkley, West Yorkshire where the choir won the Male Choir Competition. The choir's repertoire of secular and sacred music is in much demand at concerts and church services throughout the province and further afield.

Laura Kerr is well know for her stage performances, most recently in the lead role of 'Hello Dolly' at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. However Christian music is Laura's first love and she has moved and inspired thousands as she speaks and sings from her heart. Those who have already heard Laura will welcome this opportunity to hear her again. Her accompanist, Geoffrey Cherry, is also well known locally, producing and performing in various stage musicals and other secular events. However, like Laura, he is best known for his contribution to Christian music ' both in local churches and other venues.

Adding variety to the evening's performance will be the well-known Symington Memorial Silver Band (from Dundonald) whose members will be playing a selection of music at the beginning of the evening and later in the programme.