The Amelia Earhart Legacy Association has launched their plans to celebrate the 85th Anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s landing at Ballyarnett on the outskirts of Derry, by gifting City of Derry Airport with two prints of the famous pilot and author, which will be put on display in the Amelia Earhart Business Lounge at the airport.
The full programme of celebrations will take place next weekend, beginning with the annual golf tournament at Foyle Golf Course on the 20th May. This will be followed by an event in the Guildhall on the 21st May, hosted by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, featuring guest speakers and music from local school choirs.
Ald. McClintock received the prints on behalf of the Council and said she looked forward to paying tribute to the world famous aviation pioneer. “I’m delighted to accept the prints which will now be enjoyed by visitors to the airport. The name Amelia Earhart is of course synonymous with the city and it is fitting that we remember her 85 years since she made a surprise visit to Ballyarnett on her solo trans-Atlantic adventure.
“As one of the most fearless and pioneering female figures of modern times, Amelia Earhart is a fitting hero for young women everywhere and I am delighted to see her spirit celebrated locally by the Legacy Association.”
As a part of the celebrations, the Legacy Association will unveil a number of original, signed artefacts belonging to Amelia Earhart which have been kindly loaned for exhibition by Michael Traynor who is an aviator and Amelia enthusiast and will be on display the Guildhall from 29th of May until the 26th of August 2017.
Chairperson of the Amelia Earhart Legacy Association, Brenda Stevenson, explains:
“We are looking forward to another great programme this year, celebrating one of the most iconic historical events to take place in the city. This year we have developed a partnership with Harrison New York who are hosting a commemorative event on 13th May to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Amelia’s final solo flight, and as part of this event they have specially requested a letter from our Association to be read out at their proceedings, which is a huge privilege.
“The Legacy Association would like to take this opportunity to thank the Mayor, Alderman Hilary McClintock, John Kelpie, Chief Executive DCSDC, the staff of the Guildhall and Tower Museum, and the staff at City of Derry Airport for all their help and support in the planning for our weekend of events. We also thank the sponsors of our golf tournament for their contribution to making the event happen.”
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