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  • BALLADS AND BARBEQUES AT OYSTER FESTIVAL 
Northern Ireland’s top Queen tribute band, Flash Harry, is set to return to the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s line-up on the evening of Saturday 3rd September 2016. Harry Hamilton, the band’s front-man and Oyster Pearl, Shannon Graham (pictured), have started warming-up for the live concert and BBQ which is supported by New City Cabs.  
Performing all the top Queen tracks, Flash Harry will entertain guests with hit records like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, and Don’t Stop Me Now, while local chefs will be serving up a sizzling barbeque menu produced with premium Northern Irish meats for concert and BBQ ticketholders. 
To book your tickets and further information on the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s full programme visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com. 
The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival also kindly acknowledges the support of Tourism Northern Ireland and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in the staging of this year’s event.

    BALLADS AND BARBECUES AT OYSTER FESTIVAL

    Northern Ireland’s top Queen tribute band, Flash Harry, is set to return to the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s line-up on the evening of Saturday 3rd September 2016. Harry Hamilton, the band’s front-man and Oyster Pearl, Shannon Graham (pictured), have started warming-up for the live concert and BBQ which is supported by New City Cabs. Performing…

  • Quilter Cheviot toasts the Pearl and Oyster Ball
 
Oyster Pearl, Shannon Graham, celebrates the launch of the exclusive Quilter Cheviot Pearl and Oyster Ball which will take place on Friday 2nd September as part of the Festival’s 2016 programme. 
With world-class entertainment from the American Supreme Dream Girls, guests will enjoy a six-course gala dinner with boutique Chateau de la Ligne wines. A raffle will also take place to raise funds for the Festival’s 2016 charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust with one lucky winner receiving a stay at the luxurious Chateau. 
Nigel Crawford, Executive Director, Quilter Cheviot said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Pearl and Oyster Ball and helping to support the Festival’s charity. The festival is a huge draw for visitors to our region and we are proud to give our backing to the Ball, which is a key part of the event and a much-anticipated date on the local social calendar. We’re looking forward to greeting guests to what is set to be a fabulous evening.”
To reserve a table contact Sean Hall on 0044 (0)7802 311388 or email sean.g.hall@outlook.com 
For further information on the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s full programme visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com. 
The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival also kindly acknowledges the support of Tourism Northern Ireland and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in the staging of this year’s event. The ball gown worn by Oyster Pearl Shannon Graham (pictured) was generously provided by leading Irish designer Mary Rose McGrath.

    Quilter Cheviot invites guests to attend the annual Pearl and Oyster Ball

    With world-class entertainment from the American Supreme Dream Girls, guests will enjoy a six-course gala dinner with boutique Chateau de la Ligne wines. A raffle will also take place to raise funds for the Festival’s 2016 charity, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust with one lucky winner receiving a stay at the luxurious Chateau. Nigel Crawford, Executive…

  • Lockton presses play on Hillsborough International Oyster Festival Musical Evening
(L-R) Grainne Diamond from Lockton Insurance, Connie Donald (aged 8), and Oyster Pearl Shannon Graham celebrate the launch of the ‘Magic at the Movies’ musical evening which will take place as part of the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival’s 2016 programme on Wednesday 31st August. Sponsored by Lockton Insurance, the musical evening will include performances from the Belfast Operatic Company and The Leading Ladies. For further information and to buy tickets visit www.hillsboroughoysterfestival.com.

    Lockton presses play on Hillsborough International Oyster Festival Musical Evening

    The Hillsborough International Oyster Festival is cuing action for the ‘Magic of the Movies’ community concert taking place on Wednesday 31st August as part of the Festival’s 2016 programme. Sponsored by Lockton Insurance, the musical evening will include performances from the Belfast Operatic Company and The Leading Ladies and will raise funds for the Festivals…

  • The World is Colin’s Oyster - but have you got what it takes?

The Turkish Airlines World Oyster Eating Championship returns to the international stage at the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival on Saturday 3rd September 2016, when undefeated champion Colin Shirlow, pictured with Onur Gul, Ireland Marketing Executive, Turkish Airlines, will once again defend his title. The Dromore man faces added pressure this year as he takes on the challenge for the eleventh time and attempts to beat the new Guinness World Record which he set in 2015 by eating 235 oysters in 3 minutes.  Helping this international eating competition receive the global recognition it deserves is sponsor Turkish Airlines which aims to provide the necessary backing for attracting visitors and challengers from across the world to Northern Ireland’s famous oyster festival. 
Onur Gul, Turkish Airlines said: “Turkish Airlines is very excited to be coming on-board as a principal sponsor for this year’s Hillsborough International Oyster Festival and for the main event spectacle, the World Oyster Eating Championship. It is a very unique but lively event that attracts food enthusiasts worldwide which is a great boost for the local economy during the Festival.”
Now aged 60 years, oyster king Colin Shirlow, from Dromore, is hoping to meet his match in the 2016 competition. In past feats, he has encountered some of the world’s best and fastest competitive eaters in the world including Matt Stonie, Sonya ‘The Black Widow’ Thomas, Miki Sudo, Bob Shoudt and Michelle Lesco, none of whom has been successful.  Sharing some of his pearls of wisdom, oyster eating champion Colin Shirlow said: “Anyone wishing to compete against me in the Turkish Airlines World Oyster Eating Championship needs to understand that the game is quickness not quantity. It’s my technique of speed-eating that most of my competitors find difficult to replicate and keep up with.”
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    The World is Colin’s Oyster – but have you got what it takes?

    The Turkish Airlines World Oyster Eating Championship returns to the international stage at the Hillsborough International Oyster Festival on Saturday 3rd September 2016, when undefeated champion Colin Shirlow will once again defend his title. The Dromore man faces added pressure this year as he takes on the challenge for the eleventh time and attempts to…

  • THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER: Dale Johnston from The Hillside Bar and Restaurant has linked up with Angela Taylor from Oasis Travel to give one lucky person the chance to win a £1,000 holiday voucher as part of this year’s Hillsborough Oyster Festival.  The 24th Annual International Oyster Festival which runs from September 1 to September 3 will see Hillsborough’s oldest bar offer a series of fantastic free events to celebrate the return of the iconic event. Patrons attending The Hillside on Saturday can purchase a charity raffle ticket to be entered into a grand prize draw to win a £1,000 holiday voucher, with other great prizes to win on the day. All proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. To find out more, call 028 9268 9233 or visit www.hillsidehillsborough.co.uk Pictures by Darren Kidd, Press Eye.

    THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER

    The Hillside is giving one lucky festival-goer the chance to win £1,000 in charity raffle The Hillside Bar and Restaurant has linked up with Oasis Travel to give one lucky person the chance to win a £1,000 holiday voucher as part of this year’s Hillsborough Oyster Festival. The 24th Annual International Oyster Festival which runs…