Students go ga-ga for new radio station

Uncategorized Dec 16, 2019

Three students from Northern Regional College have been voicing and producing adverts for Coleraine Business Improvement District’s (BID) new radio station: ‘Our Coleraine’. Hana Jamieson, aged-18 from Ballynure, and Josh Lynas, also 18 from Belfast, have been putting their Performing Arts studies into action by providing the voiceover for a number of radio adverts, whilst Interactive Media student Benn Cox, aged 23, has been producing the adverts, including writing original backing music and editing the final output.

The students had originally been tasked with producing an advert for the College to promote Higher Education courses, but the station was so impressed with the standard of their work, they have asked the students to complete a further 16 adverts for businesses in the local area to be played on their airwaves.

Robert Wilsdon, Assistant Head of Department for Business, Computing and Creative Industries at the College, explained more:

“This is a...

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Christmas magic in Coleraine with free visits to The North Coast Post Office

Uncategorized Dec 09, 2019

Christmas celebrations are set to be extra special in Coleraine this year as the town has been chosen to host the North Coast Post Office.

The development was confirmed this week by Santa Claus’s secretary, who said that he was so impressed by the letters he received from the town’s boys and girls in the past that he wanted to give them all a very exciting festive treat.

The North Coast North Pole Post Office, located in the former HMV premises in the Diamond Centre, promises to instil Christmas magic in all those who visit. Follow the mini Christmas Tree trail to meet the fantastical Post Master Elf Berry Glitterpants and his friends or spend some time making arts and crafts and listening to the Elves as they share their secrets about how to make reindeer’s favourite food. At the Christmas stable meet the ponies and goats, or if you’re very lucky, you might even meet Dancer, one of Santa Claus’s reindeer. This very special guest is expected to...

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'Our Coleraine' launches Their Spirit of Christmas Video

Uncategorized Dec 07, 2019

Sporting clubs, charities, schools, business owners, staff and members of their local community have all came together to have some fun this Christmas. Familiar faces from the Capital of the Causeway Coast have created their very own karaoke-style video singing along to the classic festive tune “Santa is coming to town.”

While major retailers have splashed out millions of pounds to create their festive ads this year, schools, sports clubs, charities and business have come together in a Northern Ireland town to showcase some true festive spirit on a very modest budget.

Coleraine BID project manager, Jamie Hamill, said " We wanted to showcase everything that is great about the town of Coleraine, our local community and everyone who makes up our fantastic town! There has been a fantastic response to the video since its release on Small Business Saturday.

We had no big budget and there are clearly no actors involved, these are the real people who work, live, study and love...

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The Big Coleraine Switch-On

coleraine christmas Nov 28, 2019

Festivities begin in the town centre at 6pm tomorrow evening ( 29th November )with Beatz Entertainment and local choirs carol singing.

Santa will arrive on his horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by a spectacular festive parade, to switch on the lights at 7pm with live music from Hitlist continuing until 8.45pm.

‘Quiet Christmas’ will take place in Coleraine Town Hall from 3pm – 5pm.

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Our Coleraine Christmas Radio Launches!

Uncategorized Nov 27, 2019

As the nights draw in and the festive season arrives, there is a new reason to be proud of Coleraine, our very own local radio station has just launched for the Christmas period.

A former vacant unit in the centre of town has been transformed into the “Our Coleraine” hub including a fully fitted ground floor Christmas Radio station where visitors can see the action live.

This is the latest project to come from Coleraine Business Improvement District which is led by local businesses from the town. The Christmas radio will broadcast 24 hours a day up until Christmas Eve.

A fabulous mix of local people have volunteered to host a range of shows throughout the week each bringing their own sprinkle of positive magic showcasing everything which is great about our town.

Working with local youth, the station has created its very own news team which will give an amazing opportunity to some of our local media students.

Training has now been completed with local radio legends Denis...

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Tuning In For Christmas!

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Last week’s clue from Coleraine BID was “it launches Wed 27 November, it’s in Coleraine town centre, and it features local faces and local voices”.

Well, stand by for ......“Our Coleraine Christmas Radio”. Yes, you read this correctly: Our Coleraine Christmas Radio!

For the first time in ten years, Coleraine will have its very own radio station in town.   Coleraine BID Manager, Jamie Hamill explained, “We are very excited to have secured a number of experienced local people who will drive this project.   Denis McNeill will command the new ship as Station Manager, while Alistair Nicholl who comes in as Technical Manager. “We’ve 30 years’ experience in radio between us,” said Denis, “and we’ve known for some time how much Coleraine has missed its own local radio station.”

“The 28 day radio station licence has been granted by regulatory body Ofcom”, added Alistair,...

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Our Coleraine - A Thrilling Time this year!

coleraine halloween Oct 31, 2019

Halloween this year was in the words of one tiny vampire “the best so far”, with celebrations held in the centre of town thanks to “Our Coleraine”, powered by Coleraine Business Improvement district (CBID).

Hundreds of our local people arose from their crypts early to be entertained from lunch time in the centre of town.  Stage shows, circus performers and spooky characters wandered the streets to the amusement of everyone, while Artisan traders surrounded the Town hall which itself had been gripped by giant freaky fingers.  Other buildings had also been overtaken with giant monsters around the town, a first for N. Ireland

The days host and compere, Brian Moore led the entertainment with an outdoor fancy dress disco followed by the highly acclaimed band, “Annas Number” just home from America who played to the crowd with guitar, drums and saxophone..

Hundreds of children joined the first day-time Fancy dress parade through town which...

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Coleraine Monster Mash And Other Exciting News

christmas monster mash Oct 27, 2019


If you are one of the many enjoying the spooky monsters around Coleraine, well stand by for even more fun coming to the Town centre!

On Wednesday 30th October in Coleraine town centre there will be free freaky family fun from 1pm, all brought to you by “Our Coleraine” (powered by CBID).

Awaken from your crypt and get your little monsters dressed up for a freaky visit to Coleraine. The Big monsters are welcome too.

We have live monster music, spooky stage shows, selfie boards, street characters and an artisan market.

At 3.30 pm we will be taking over the town with a free to enter mini street parade meeting at Kingsgate street, with prizes for the winners and goodie bags for fancy dress so simply turn up looking your worst..!

Find out more info by clicking here.  


Even more exciting news will follow, while some people have been busy ducking for apples or dressing as skeletons, we have been busy scouring...

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Coleraine looks forward to Food and Drink Week

Coleraine is looking forward to hosting its first-ever Food and Drink Week celebration.

Organised by Coleraine Business Improvement District (BID), a range of hospitality businesses have joined forces to entice shoppers and visitors with some very tasty offers from September 27th until October 6th.

The town boasts a huge selection of eateries and coffee shops and Coleraine BID hopes this inaugural event will help to showcase the area at its very best.

BID Manager Jamie Hamill explains: "Coleraine offers incredible choice when it comes to eating out and we hope our Food and Drink Week celebration will encourage even more people to come and explore this.

With the Taste the Island initiative getting underway, we wanted our BID members to help put Coleraine on the map and share what this fabulous town has to offer. The BID team is committed to generating growth and prosperity in Coleraine and events like this are an important part of that commitment."

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