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Strangford Lough Ferry 'Carol Ship' to Create Magical Winter Atmosphere

30th November 2021
The Carolship - Christmas on Strangford Lough Credit: Ards and North Down Borough Council

It’s nearly two years since the Strangford Ferry was transformed into a Carol Ship in celebration of the Christmas Season, its last transformation being in December 2019 before Covid restrictions were imposed

There has been a ferry crossing the fast-flowing tide in the Strangford Narrows since 1604 when it was manned by ‘four able and efficient ferry men for the transportation of men, horses and other cattle and oxen’.

It has evolved into a busy car and passenger ferry between the two towns on opposite sides of the mouth of the Lough and is said to be the oldest continuous ferry crossing in the world.

Now this weekend, you can join this Christmas musical event on December 3rd, 4th and 5th between 5 pm and 9 pm. It is supported by Ards and North Down Borough Council and the Portaferry and Strangford Trust.

The Strangford ferry will be illuminated and Christmas music, recorded by local schools and choirs, will also amplify across the Lough, creating a magical winter atmosphere, with a backdrop of illuminated buildings and boats - an event the windmill won't be left out of in what is sure to be a warming festive event.

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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