Barn dance as Hay Days book launched

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A book and DVD celebrating farming in the 1950s will be launched in Richmount next Thursday, January 29, with a barn dance to get local people in the swing.

‘The Hay Days – Farming in the 1950s in North Armagh’ is the culmination of a year-long project of reminiscing, learning and documenting what life was like in a rural community and contrasting it to rural life today.

The project was run by Richmount Rural Community Association.

The event starts at 2pm, with an introduction by Joe Garvey, chairman of the association.

Afterwards, Mayor of Craigavon, Councillor Colin McCusker will officially launch the book and DVD.

A representative from the Heritage Lottery Fund will talk about the importance of local heritage, and the DVD will be shown on a large screen courtesy of BNL Productions.

At 2.50, it’s time for the barn dance with Big Dave and Laura McGrath, dance choreographer. Refreshments will be served.

Hay making was one of the most pleasant times in the farming community. The children were off school and it was a family activity often involving neighbours.