A rainy day did not prevent people from all over Ulster having fun day out.

The Ulster Scots Agency organised a celebration in Donaghadee recounting the arrival in 1606 of pioneering Ayrshire lairds James Hamilton and Hugh Montgomery and 20,000 Scottish Presbyterians for the start of the Scottish Plantation in the north east part of Ireland.

The day marked the 400th anniversary of the Hamilton & Montgomery settlement of the Ards Peninsula and the legacy of these settlers from Scotland. The Valhalla Players, a drama group from Newtownards, performed 18 Miles to Freedom and extracts of the Hamilton and Montgomery story.



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