MAYOR ACCEPTS DECORATIVE BANNER IN OFFICIAL PRESENTATION HONOURING BALLYCASTLE’S ROLE IN HARRY POTTER COMPANION ‘QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES’

Ballycastle was recognised as an Honorary Quidditch Town this week in celebration of the new book, Quidditch Through The Ages Illustrated Edition, an essential companion to the Harry Potter series and guide on the wizard’s favourite sport.

To mark the release, Bloomsbury Publishing presented the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Alderman Mark Fielding, with a decorative banner featuring gold Quidditch hoops celebrating the town’s fictitious Quidditch team, Ballycastle Bats. Ballycastle Bats feature in the wizarding world’s Quidditch league and the banner also bears the town’s Quidditch team crest, a striking design with a red bat in-front of a fortified tower.

A total of eleven towns and villages across the UK and Ireland will take part in Honorary Quidditch Town presentations throughout the week. The ceremonies are being held at prehistoric sites, stone circles, medieval castles, Roman forts and churches, celebrating the release of Quidditch Through The Ages and the real-life towns represented by Quidditch teams in the Harry Potter series.

Alderman Mark Fielding said:“We’re delighted to see Ballycastle recognised in this unique way as an Honorary Quidditch Town. Harry Potter’s favourite sport brings joy to children and adults alike and this decorative banner, emblazoned with the team colours, captures Ballycastle’s special place in the much loved stories which have been read by so many people around the world.”

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