A CAPACITY audience in excess of 400 packed into the Braid Centre for the recent Shared Future Concert which featured some of the best artists in Ireland.
Organised by Colum Best project manager of the Dunclug Partnership, the event attracted funding from Community Relations Council and Good Relations Unit Ballymena Borough Council and was the third concert of its type held to promote community relations and build on positive relationships.
It was obvious that the concert achieved its objective as the audience was made up of community from Dunclug, Ballee, Harryville, Ballykeel, Kells, Broughshane,
Portglenone, Ahoghill and Cullybackey.
Some in attendance even travelled from as far away as Newcastle Co. Down , Larne, Carrickfergus and Belfast.
Artists appearing in the first half of the concert were the ever popular Crawley family and one of Ireland’s top country and western artists, Tony Kerr.
There was also a very popular Elvis X Factor featuring Ballymena Borough councillors impersonating ‘The King’ from which cllr. P.J McAvoy emerged the winner.
The second half of the concert was The Elvis Spectacular featuring renowned Elvis impersonator Jim Brown who won his fame on the Kelly show and who since has been touring the world including Las Vegas.
Raffle tickets were sold on the night with proceeds going to the Good Morning Ballymena project and its representatives Anna Boyd and Dorothy Dodds sincerely thanked all those who bought tickets on the night.
Speaking afterwards, Colum Best said: “The concert gave communities an opportunity to come together to build relationships which I know will be built upon.
“ I am grateful to all who attended especially the Mayor Maurice Mills and Alderman P.J.McAvoy, cllrs. Tommy Nicholl and Beth Adger, MLA Dathi Mc Kay and Office bearers from the Dunclug partnership who included Padriag McShane, Martin McAvoy, Charles Brett and Howard Bailey”.
Mr Best also thanked Rosalind Lowry and the staff at the Braid.
“Ballymena has a theatre to be proud of and I hope I get another opportunity to organise another Shared Future concert,” he added.