Sights and sounds of the Old Edenderry

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The sights and sound of Old Edenderry will be the highlight of a special evening hosted by the area’s Cultural and Historical Society next Wednesday night (March 25).

The event will be held in Edenderry Orange Hall between 6 and 9pm. Admission is free. And Edenderry residents - past and present - are cordially invited to a night of nostalgia and fun.

Top of the bill will be the former Wade Pottery factory (late of Watson Street) when a video of its final days will be viewed, and a recording of BBC Northern Ireland’s (now Radio Ulster) edition of ‘Workers’ Playtime’ will be played.

‘Playtime’ was a legend on the radio when it went out ‘live’ from shop floors all over the province. Gene Fitzpatrick presented this Wade Edition in 1985, and the following workers were among the stars of the show – managing director John Stringer, manager Bobby Robinson and Margaret Freeburn were all interview.

Other performers included David Woods (Your Cheating Heart), Alan McIldoon (Ten Guitars), Amy Weir (Fields of Athenry), Maurice McCann (China Doll), Maurice Best (My Best Friend) Kenny Martin (a poem), Clive Elliott (telling about his meeting place at The Cleft). And ‘The Little Potties Singing Group’ ended the show with ‘Walk Right Back’. A recording not to be missed.

Organiser of the event is prominent and authoritative historian Cardwell McClure, and other presentation will include pictures of life in the old Portadown Foundry, old photographs and a DVD of Edenderry in general, including the widening of the Bann Bridge a number of years ago.

The event is funded by Craigavon Borough Council, and everyone is welcome, especially people who worked in the various factories in the area, and/or their descendants. Supper will be served.

“It will be a night to remember,” said Cardwell. “There will also be a tour of our museum, so come along and enjoy a night of nostalgia. That ‘Workers Playtime’ recording is terrific – a laugh a minute! We are delighted to have unearthed a copy from those golden days.”