Xpressing yourself

All smiles with freshly painted faces at the Xpression fun night are Molly-Mae Davidson (4) and Alaana Wright (11). INPT35-228.
All smiles with freshly painted faces at the Xpression fun night are Molly-Mae Davidson (4) and Alaana Wright (11). INPT35-228.

More than 150 volunteers descended upon Portadown last week - for the annual Xpression event.

Xpression, the Christian outreach initiative, celebrated its 11th year of activity in the town with a vibrant collection of events and chores panning out across Portadown.

The town became a hive of activity from Monday through to Friday last week, with volunteers taking up residence in Brownstown, Killicomaine, Corcrain, Garvaghy Road, Obins Street, and the town centre.

Volunteers hosted a daily kids’ club in Millington Primary School, as well as a BBQ in Brownstown Park last Wednesday.

Meanwhile in Corcrain, a ladies’ pampering evening - complete with manicures, hair stylists and jewellery making - took place on Wednesday night, followed by a ‘Crazy Carnival’ the next day.

The fun continued in Killicomaine, where there were games and competitions held throughout the week, and even time for folk to don their dancing shoes for Thursday night’s disco.

The week’s activities culminated in a family fun event on Friday evening, which took place in Portadown’s Pleasure Gardens, and featured a BBQ, bouncy castle, cage football - and even an inflatable church! Also making an appearance was the Mark Ferguson Band, who filled the town with their well-loved sound and songs.

Peter Smith, Chairman of Xpression, called Friday’s event an “awesome end to XP15” and added, “Thanks to all who made this year so special.”