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A few famous old Scots will re-visit Donaghadee this month for an extended weekend of Ulster-Scots events.

The Scots Have Arrived! Mayor of Ards, Councillor Stephen McIlveen, meets Hugh Montgomery and his wife, first Scottish settlers of the Ards in 1606, who are making a return to Donaghadee for the town's extended weekend of Ulster Scots Thanksgiving events (20 - 24 November).

The Scots Have Arrived! Mayor of Ards, Councillor Stephen McIlveen, meets Hugh Montgomery and his wife, first Scottish settlers of the Ards in 1606, who are making a return to Donaghadee for the town’s extended weekend of Ulster Scots Thanksgiving events (20 – 24 November).

Famous Ayr poet, Rabbie Burns – played by the master impersonator Chris Tait – makes a rare appearance back in the town he allegedly visited at the invitation of an Ulster fan, reminiscing about his life and works as part of the Donaghadee Ulster Scots Thanksgiving programme (Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 November).

The arrival of two other Ayrshire Scots, Hugh Montgomery and James Hamilton, who landed at the port and began the settlement and transformation of the area in 1606, will also be re-enacted, complete with a lantern parade and fireworks display.

Organised by Ards Borough Council as part of its 1613 celebrations to mark the granting of the first Royal Charter to Ards 400 years ago, the programme will also feature an Ulster-Scots concert, Ulster-Scots cooking with renowned chef, Paul Rankin, demonstrating dishes from the hit TV show ‘Paul & Nick’s Big Food Trip’ as well as historical tours, music in Grace Neill’s and Pier 36, special themed dishes in all the local restaurants and an exhibition with family history research tips.

Mayor of Ards, Councillor Stephen McIlveen looking forward to the weekend said: “As someone descended from a Scottish clan, this programme is of particular interest to me, but will no doubt attract large crowds who identify with or simply want to get a taste of Ulster-Scots heritage and culture. Where better than Donaghadee, literally the entry point for our Scottish ancestors and a place so closely associated with that tradition, to celebrate the town’s links with Scotland?”

The event is organised by Ards Borough Council and supported by the Ulster Scots Agency.

For a full Donaghadee Ulster Scots Thanksgiving programme, visit:

 www.ards-council.gov.uk 

or contact Ards Tourist Information Centre on 028 9182 6846.