A new leaflet launched promoting the rich heritage of the Narrows of Strangford Lough as part of the 'Turn O' the Tide' Project.
Launch of “The Narrows of Strangford Lough” guide, Thursday 1st November 2012.
A new guide launched today has been produced by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund celebrating the rich historical, natural and built heritage of the area known as the Narrows, a unique and fascinating stretch of water running between the two historic villages of Portaferry and Strangford in Co Down Northern Ireland.
The leaflet features beautiful illustrations by local artist Anne Anderson, depicting the areas captivating built heritage, the absorbing coastline and alluring wildlife and fauna.
One of the most striking features of the leaflet is the map and images created by Anne.
Born and educated in Belfast and having studied Graphic Design and Illustration at the Ulster College of Art and Design, Anne moved to Portaferry in 2003 where she has used the natural and built environment of the area as an inspiration for her lino-cuts, such as those used in the leaflet. This medium allows her to simplify the subjects and concentrate on the pattern and quality of the subjects and shore fronts using a distinct style.
Caroline Nolan from the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership commented on the leaflet; “This extraordinary area has some of the world’s most amazing features, from tidal currents and marine current turbine technology, to internationally important sea life and magnificent heritage buildings. The people of Portaferry and Strangford played a huge part in putting together the ideas for this guide, and many thanks go to them and to Anne Anderson, whose deep love for and knowledge of the area shines through in her beautiful illustrations.”
Martin McDonald MBE representing the Heritage Lottery Fund further commented: “This leaflet focusing on the diverse heritage of the Narrows is another great product from the wonderful Turn O’ the Tide project. The project team have been working hard reconnecting people with the heritage of Strangford Lough. From literary and archaeological trails through to hands on arts and conservation activities the project continues to engage and involve people, young and old and demonstrate that heritage has something for everyone to get excited about.”
The Narrows was gouged out during the last ice age and some of the jagged rocks and seabed here are over 400 million years old. With depths of up to 60m and a mere 800m wide at its narrowest point, the area experiences some of the fastest tidal currents in the world sweeping through the Narrows connecting Strangford Lough to the Irish Sea.
The addition of the areas rich history with its numerous castles and tower houses, the amazing wildlife that resides around, on and under the waters of the Narrows and the wealth of activities for visitors to participate in, it is clear why this area is so unique and a must see destination.
One of the main and most striking features of the leaflet is the map and images created by Anne Anderson. She was born and educated in Belfast and studied Graphic Design and Illustration at the Ulster College of Art and Design.
Moving to Portaferry in 2003 she has used the natural and built environment of the area as an inspiration for her lino-cuts, such as those used in the leaflet. This medium allows her to simplify the subjects and concentrate on the pattern and quality of the subjects and shore fronts using a distinct style.
The leaflet is part of the Turn O’ The Tide programme, which aims to promote the area’s heritage and support local people.