Local organisers of RTE’s Big Music Week Train visit to Newbridge last week were overwhelmed with the good-will and enthusiasm received.
Some 2,0000 people turned out to walk, sing and play instruments last Monday, September 30..
“In late August RTE approached Mick Deely, Noel Heavey and myself with a view to organising a music Parade in conjunction with the RTE Music Week,“ said organiserMary Linehan.
“The purpose of this parade was to celebrate the vibrant music scene of the town and to showcase local talent. To this end, we contacted schools and voluntary groups and were overwhelmed with the good-will and enthusiasm we received. The attitude of all towards this incredible venture was one of resounding positivity.”
Large crowds of people turned out to welcome the Big Music Week train and the show’s presenter Miriam O’Callaghan to Newbridge. The Kildare town was its first stop outside Dublin.
“Every school in the town was represented in a manner not seen since Richard Nixon visited in 1970,” she added.
“Banners and flags were held aloft and the atmosphere was electric. The concert at noon organised by RTE encompassed a selection of local and national talent. It served to remind us of what a remarkable musical heritage this town has. The day itself became a beacon for community development in ways we would never have envisaged.”
Groups such as Curragh Pride and Newbridge Family Resource Centre, St.Conleth’s Variety Team, Scoil Mhuire HSCL Parent’s Room, Newbridge School of Music, KYT and VTOS, amongst others, all responded in a whole-hearted way to the call to celebrate the local music scene and local musicans.
For more photos of the Big Music Week Train’s visit to Newbridge, see page 44