Even though the weather wasn’t as kind as it might have been, we had one of the biggest Easter turnouts at Portrush. With over 60 units over the weekend, the sites officer was very close to hanging a “Site Full” sign on the front gate.
The Wii bowling on Friday night was a great success with children (young and old – 8-80) enjoying strikes, spares, turkeys and of course the dreaded gutter! Thanks to Billy Senior and John for organising and marshalling the fun.
Saturday afternoon’s Easter crafts and Sunday’s Disco and Easter Egg Hunt meant the children were well entertained thanks to Cherrie (our Youth Leader).
Saturday evening’s Country and Western night brought out a wide range of entertaining costumes and the adults were well fed by Rosie and her team and thoroughly entertained by Paul.
Sunday evening brought karaoke to Portrush and lets just say the X-Factor contestants needn’t worry too much, but we all had great fun – thanks again Paul.
Monday evening ensured that even though the children were on Easter holiday, their brains would still be active with a children’s quiz, followed by a “blow the cobwebs” version for the adults by Julia and Simon. Hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.
Thanks also go to John Ritchie and his team for getting us all safely on and off the site and looking after the facilities. Special thanks go to non-committee members who helped with the Stewarding and cleaning etc. I’m not going to embarrass anyone by naming them, but the DA is indebted to these members who are always there to help.
Thanks again from us all.
This year the Northern Ireland Region is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of its formation in 1977. The main celebration will be at the Regional Rally which will be held from 25th to 29th May at Civil Service Sports Association Grounds within the Stormont Estate at Dundonald near Belfast.
The site will open to members at 11am on Thursday 25th and close at 3pm on Monday 29th May.
Plans for the weekend are currently being finalised and the cost to members will be as follows:-
- Thursday night and Sunday night £10.00 per unit per night,
- Friday and Saturday night £15.00 per unit per night.
- (Discount for single-occupancy units).
Each evening the Lounge Bar in the pavilion will be open to allow members to socialise. On Friday there will be a short opening ceremony at 8.00 pm. And this will be followed by the Inter-DA Quiz commencing at approximately 8.30 pm and hosted this year by Bangor DA.
The Regional AGM will be held in the Pavilion on Saturday morning commencing at 10.30 am. This will be followed by an Open Forum when the club Chairman, Mel Hill will be on hand to answer any relevant questions.
The usual evening entertainment has been arranged for Saturday evening commencing at 7.30 pm and during the evening there will be a finger buffet available for members. The usual raffle will also be held and the main prize will be a voucher for £200 towards a Stena Line ferry crossing plus a Calor Gas BBQ valued at £150.
On Sunday morning Renee Gibson will lead a short Service of Worship giving thanks for the last 40 years of camping with the Region and DA’s in Northern Ireland. During the service we will take a collection for the nominated charity – The Northern Ireland Air Ambulance.
Download the programme
The CDDA Easter Rally is being held at Portrush Primary School, Crocknamack Road, Portrush from Friday 14th April 2017 to Tuesday 18th April 2017. There will be a full programme of activities for adults, children and juniors. Cost per night is £12.50.
The earliest entry is 11am on Friday 14th. Please stop at reception before siting your unit. Please have your Membership Card and fee available on arrival.
Download the Easter Rally Programme.
A great weekend in Castlewellan with the celebration of wee Billy’s 6th Birthday taking centre stage on Saturday lunchtime. The events shelter was put up just in case the Northern Irish weather didn’t assist, but the sun shone and we enjoyed great food, great company, happy kids and enough Lego to build another Courtyard!
Thanks to Cherrie and Rosie for the efforts they put in to making it a great impromptu get together.
We are proud to be sponsoring the great work of Cancer Fund for Children as our Charity of the Year for 2017. There will be special events taking place throughout the season, so please give generously when you can.