Starting from Saturday 23 May 2020
Revised route, new content, restricted group size, name your own price.
On 18 May 2020, the Northern Ireland Executive announced some amendments to the COVID-19 containment measures.
One of those changes allows for small gatherings (up to 6 people) from more than one household in an outdoor environment – provided effective Social Distancing is maintained.
Getting out of the house seems more important than ever. Combining exercise, fresh air and a bit of education seems like a good way to spend some of your time.
I could do with ‘keeping my hand in’ and I’ve also taken the calculated decision to renew my Public Liability Insurance.
Consequently, I will be offering Guided Walking Tours of Carrickfergus, looking specifically at events here during the Second World War, on the following basis:
- There will be no “just turn up” Tours – all must be pre-arranged. Drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), give me a call/text (+44 7916780474), or send me a Facebook Message (https://www.facebook.com/leadthewaytour), and I’ll do my very best to organise a day and time that suits you.
- Tours can be delivered on most days: morning, afternoon or evening.
- Each pre-arranged Tour must be made up of people who are known to each other.
- Maximum of 5 persons on each Tour.
- Those who come on the Tour MUST adhere to Social Distancing.
PUBLIC SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT
The Tour route will be slightly different than before, to ensure it is delivered within the official guidance in regard to outdoor spaces.
It is about 1.3 miles long, and will take around 90 minutes to complete.
The route is on level ground with safe crossing points.
If you want to include more exercise into your Tour, it can be extended up to 3 miles to include walking out of the Town Centre to some of the locations that I talk about.
The Tour covers the following topics:
- Background on the Churchill Tank displayed on the Marine Highway, the North Irish Horse Regiment that used it during the Second World War, and why Carrickfergus was so important in the development of the Tank
- Factories in Carrickfergus that made a hugely significant contribution to the War effort
- Domestic life in the town: The Home Front
- The special uses of the town’s Civic Buildings
- How the Town Centre’s infrastructure changed throughout the War, particularly when the American Troops arrived
- The Sunnylands Army Camp – from British to American to Belgian occupation
- The formation, and onward journey, of the US Rangers
- A new Belgian Army
- Carrickfergus Military Prison and Detention Barracks
- The Military Petrol Distributing Centre
I use approximately 150 photographs to help tell the story of events in Carrickfergus during the Second World War. These photos have been enlarged to A4 size, so are visible from 2 metres to maintain social distancing.
I also have a few exhibits which I bring along. However, due to their fragility, if the weather conditions are not favourable I may not be able to display these – apologies in advance if this is the case on your Tour.
On a “normal” Tour, I display these in an indoor environment.
NAME YOUR PRICE
There is no set cost for the Tour, in the current circumstances. At the conclusion of each Tour you can, if you want, make a donation of your own choice. Although this would be very welcomed to help cover my set-up and running costs, it is not a requirement.
Anyone who has previously been on my Tour may wish to know that during the lockdown I have spent considerable time adding content to the Tour. If you would like to join me for an Update Tour, where I only cover the additional content from the previous Tour, please get in touch.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch.