Search be­gins for Maritime Queen

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

THE an­nual RNLI Ark­low Maritime Fes­ti­val returns this Au­gust bank hol­i­day week­end and the search has be­gun for a fes­ti­val queen.

Mem­bers of Ark­low RNLI were pre­sented with a cheque by Ark­low Credit Union to go to­wards the Ark­low Maritime Queen com­pe­ti­tion.

En­tries are now open and prizes to the value of €500, in­clud­ing a tiara, are up for grabs. All en­trants must be 18 years of age or older.

Ap­pli­cants must be avail­able for the whole Au­gust bank hol­i­day week­end and willing to help out at dif­fer­ent events dur­ing the year.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Cassie Doyle on 086 0748179.

Or­gan­is­ers are putting the finishing touches to this year’s fes­ti­val pro­gramme.

On Satur­day, Au­gust 3, the Ard­glass Vik­ing ships will be pro­vid­ing trips up the Avoca river.

Mean­while, Sun­day, Au­gust 4, will also be a busy day with the pa­rade of pipebands ex­pected to take place around noon fol­lowed by the an­nual blessing of the fleet. There will be plenty of fun events on the quays for fam­i­lies to en­joy in­clud­ing face-paint­ing, food and model boat stalls, bounc­ing cas­tles, a Vik­ing vil­lage, mu­sic from the Ark­low Ukulele Play­ers and the big­gest climb­ing wall in Ire­land. The RNLI shop will also be open all day.

Agata Szy­mam­ska (third from right) from Ark­low Credit Union, spon­sors of the Ark­low Maritime Queen Com­pe­ti­tion, pre­sent­ing a cheque to Ma­jella Myler, Bebe Red­mond, Mar­ian Phipps, Morice Leahy, Tony Fen­nell and Tommy Nolan from Ark­low RNLI.

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