FES­TI­VAL FUN ON THE QUAY

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THERE was great ex­cite­ment in Arklow over the long week­end as the an­nual Mar­itime Fes­ti­val took place.

One of the main fundrais­ing events hosted by the Arklow Lifeboat, the fes­ti­val is a great feel-good fam­ily event and this, year the son shone on the town as crowds min­gled along the quay for a wide ar­ray of en­ter­tain­ment.

Fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off on Fri­day how­ever, at Arklow Sail­ing Club as the Mar­itime Queen se­lec­tion night took place.

Red­cross na­tive Katie Hawthorne was cho­sen as the lucky win­ner and was the guest of hon­our for the du­ra­tion of the week­end.

Lifeboat Bingo, hosted by Arklow Par­ish Of­fice was an­other Fri­day high­light with a to­tal of €1,000 raised to­wards the fund.

The re­main­der of the fes­ti­val fun, took place all day Sun­day and was a change to the two-day running or­der of pre­vi­ous years. It proved a suc­cess­ful move and large crowds were wel­comed to the South Quay for fun, games, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment and much more.

The morn­ing com­menced with the Bless­ing of the Fleet, per­formed by Fr Pádraig Ó Co­cláin, Rev Nigel Sher­wood, Pas­tor Solomon Aroboto and a Derek, from the crew of the Brock­le­bank, a re­tired Methodist min­is­ter.

From a bounc­ing cas­tle to the high­est in­flat­able climb­ing wall in the coun­try, and a Fal­conry Ire­land dis­play to First Re­spon­ders and South East Archers, there was no short­age of ex­cit­ing at­trac­tions.

The drama­tised Vik­ing Land­ing was a win­ner once again, led by Arklow man Colm Wead­ick and fea­tur­ing many of the lo­cal Sea Scouts, it was a real crowd pleaser.

Tony Fen­nell of Arklow RNLI thanked the com­mu­nity for com­ing out in such large num­bers and for once again sup­port­ing the lifeboat.

PHO­TOS BY PAUL MESSITT

Aine Stra­han and Erin O’Sul­li­van. MJ Burke with Mr Pick­les, a West­ern Screech Owl. ABOVE: Loretta and Kate O’Sul­li­van at the Vik­ing raid. RIGHT: Colm Wead­ick and fes­ti­val queen Katie Hawthorne lead­ing the Vik­ings ashore for Sun­day’s raid at the RNLI Arklow Mar­itime Fes­ti­val. Kirsty Wel­don try­ing out archery on the quay. The 2018 RNLI Arklow Mar­itime Fes­ti­val, Queen Katie Hawthorne (front, left), with the other con­tes­tants – Olivia McGeary, Stephanie Redmond, Zara Lam­bert, Sarah Kelly, Anna Paul, Lind­sey Meyer and Sinead McMa­hon – and their es­corts at the se­lec­tion night.

Jamie Kenny and Erin Tobin at the Vik­ing raid.

Amy and Sophia Joyce with their Vik­ing names painted on stone.

Joe Fox with his mod­els of for­mer RNLI ves­sels that served in the wa­ters around Ire­land.

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