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Get ready for a ‘Jamm’ packed summer festival

Summer Jamm

Launching this year’s Summer Jamm, set to take place on June 14, are Michael Kelly of Strabane Vintners Society, economic development officer of Strabane District Council Susan Doherty, BBC gardener Gareth Austin, vice chair of Strabane District Council Michelle McMackin and chairman of Strabane Chamber of Commerce, Declan Hughes.

Strabane town centre is set to come alive on June 14 when the annual Summer Jamm festival returns.

A day long calendar of music, street entertainers, sporting events, gardening and cookery displays has been lined up for this, the second year of Summer Jamm.

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The festival was launched last year to replace the old ‘Fair Day’ format which council officials felt had become stale. Summer Jamm brought with it colour, cuisine and culture, something Strabane District Council will be aiming for once again this year.

On hand to help launch Jamm 2014 recently was well known BBC gardening personality Gareth Austin. He will be in attendance on the day to offer tips on all things green fingered.

Announcing the overall Summer Jamm programme, Strabane District Council chairman Ruairi McHugh said a great day’s entertainment lay in store.

“After the success of Strabane’s first Summer Jamm festival last year we are really looking forward to this year’s event,” he said.

“Summer Jamm is a civic event to be enjoyed by all of the community. It will be a day of music and fun filled events to suit all ages and there will be local offers in shops and late night entertainment as well as offers in many of the bars and restaurants. I would urge everyone to come along and join in the fun and have a great day and night out in Strabane,” Cllr McHugh said.

Events get under way from early morning and will run until after dark.

Live music

The entertainment starts in the morning as local schools come together to celebrate Good Relations Week. They will perform a range of multi-cultural songs on the main stage, followed later in the afternoon by Belfast gypsy jazz band Manouche who will be entertaining the crowds with their own brand of swing music. After that it will be Castlederg folk rockers The Logues.

Kitchen garden advice and al-fresco cook up featuring Gareth Austin and Darren Iddon

Castle Street will be transformed into an open green space with beautiful planters and flowers. On hand will be BBC Radio Foyle gardening whizz Gareth Austin giving advice in the kitchen garden, from sowing, harvesting and what is in season now.

Accompanying Gareth will be Derry’s Quay West head chef Darren Iddon who will be demonstrating an al-fresco cook up using seasonal produce and giving some inspiration on what to do with kitchen leftovers.

RampRage BMX jump show

One of the main highlights of the day will be the astonishing RampRage BMX jump show in the Score Site as part of Bike Week. Backed by a live DJ watch Captain Matt G and his team of junior and senior jump crews defy gravity with Tailwhips, 360 variation, backflips and flairs. A number of workshops will also be held throughout the day.

Strabane Mini World Cup 2014

Another highlight of the day will be the brilliant ‘Human Foosball Table’. Watch as local businesses strap themselves into human version of table top football and play it out in heats to be crowned Strabane World Cup champions.

Food and craft market

Browse through Castle Street where a range of specialised food and beverages will be available throughout the day. There will also be crafted items from local crafters.

Fun fair and children’s entertainment

To keep the young ones and teenagers entertained there will be a fun fair throughout the day and into the evening at the Score Site. There will also be face painting, balloon modelling, treasure trails, street entertainers and aerial acts throughout the town.

Late night entertainment

To take punters into the evening many bars around the town will be having special promotions, theme nights and live music including MK’s Bar, Joe’s Bar, The Farmers Home, Dicey’s, Charlie’s, Christy’s, Sweeno McGinty’s and Devlin’s Bar.

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