Portadown Heritage Tours has been awarded funding under the EU’S PEACE IV programme, managed by the special EU programme body.
A total of £71,285 has been awarded to the local community tourism initiative based at Carleton Street Orange Hall. The funding was awarded for the employment of two full time workers for a period of 16 months with a possible extension, a Project Manager and an Administrative Assistant, both posts have been filled.
Portadown Heritage Tours was set up in August 2017 under the guidance of Ballymena based company, Brilliant Trails, after funding was awarded by the Heritage Lottery fund.
The local community tour guides are mainly made up of members of the Loyal Orders. The local organisation was developed to promote Portadown’s industrial history and Orange Heritage through tours and published content. Tours currently on offer are the Portadown Town Walking Tour, Tour of Carleton Street Orange Hall & Heritage Centre and The Siege of Drumcree Tour. The organisation aims to promote cross community historical learning through the local tours, exhibitions and events. As an organisation they are championing the teaching of local history in local schools across the whole community.
Bringing progress to Portadown
Chairman of Portadown Heritage Tours, Bill Partridge said, “I would like to express my thanks to the PEACE IV programme and ABC Council for their help. As an organisation we are very enthusiastic for all our future plans for the town and how we can promote the local history and heritage through working with local community organisations. Portadown is very lucky in the sense that we have a lot of hardworking community associations who we are keen to work with. Also, our big aim is to get involved with the local schools to bring local history into the local education programme. The funding from PEACE IV for two full time staff members has been absolutely vital towards our work and means we can grow and develop and move forwards with bringing community tourism to the local ABC Council area”.
How to contact us
Portadown Heritage Tours office is open Monday – Thursday 8:45am until 4:30pm and Friday 8:30am until 1:30pm. The office can be contacted on 028 38332010 or there is an out of hours service available on 07928962608. Any enquires can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org find us online at www.portadownheritagetours.co.uk. Also search ‘Portadown Heritage Tours’ on Facebook, Instagram and twitter.
The special EU programmes body is responsible for managing two EU structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border cooperation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The programme operates within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland. The PEACE IV Programme has a value of 270 million euro and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. For more Information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu
Match-funding has been provided by the Executive office in Northern Ireland and the department of Rural and Community development in Ireland.