Lammas Fair

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Details

Location

Ballycastle

Year

1964

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

colour

Length

05min 49sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

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Description

Lively scenes from the traditional Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, as the town comes alive with all the buzz and bustle of the celebrated event.

'The Auld/Ould Lammas Fair is an annual event held in Ballycastle, County Antrim, on the last Monday and Tuesday of August. This footage captures many of the traditional facets of the festival, be it the multitude of stallholders selling their goods, or the general air of celebration conjured by musicians, dancers and people playing games.


 

Notes

These colourful rushes are amongst a wealth of footage that was generated by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.The beginnings of The Lammas Fair can be traced back to the 17th Century and, although it is now known primarily seen as a tourist event, it originated as a farmers' (sheep) market. The two traditional foods sold at the Fair are 'Dulse' and 'yellowman'. Dulse is an edible seaweed that is collected from the local shores and dried out, whilst 'Yellowman' - so-named because of its colour - is a candy not dissimilar in texture and taste  to honeycomb.

Credits

This film was digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project.

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