Ballymena Festival members attend Garden Party

Ballymena Festival executive committee members Mairead Richards and Dorothy Collie who were guests at the annual Hillsborough Garden Party hosted by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers.
Ballymena Festival executive committee members Mairead Richards and Dorothy Collie who were guests at the annual Hillsborough Garden Party hosted by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers.

Ballymena Festival executive committee members Mairead Richards and Dorothy Collie were guests at the annual Hillsborough Garden Party hosted by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers.

Also in attendance at the Garden Party were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Ballymena Festival of Music, Speech and Dance, which seeks to provide an opportunity for young people to develop their talents, recently celebrated its centenary and has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for voluntary service.

Dorothy and Mairead were proud to represent the 150 volunteers who ensure the festival takes place annually, appreciated by the 10,000 performers who take part.