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Strabane to celebrate a decade of magic with Ambrose!

28 March 2018

The Alley Theatre is inviting everyone to a special celebration next week as Strabane’s iconic sculpture and favourite pig Ambrose turns 10. 

Ambrose will be having a special birthday party on Saturday 7th April in the Alley Courtyard, with plenty of family fun, party games, balloon modelling, cinema screenings and lots more.

Designed by Martin Heron, Ambrose has become a firm favourite with the people of Strabane, and locals, visitors and tourists believe he may have magical powers. Touch his ear and make a wish or follow the lines of his Celtic swirls and all your wishes will come true!

Jacqueline Doherty, Venue Manager at the Alley Theatre, said they were looking forward to celebrating the anniversary. “Ambrose has become part of the Alley Theatre family and to celebrate his birthday we will be hosting a wonderful party full of family fun.

“Ambrose stands proud and tall in the Alley Theatre courtyard which is in itself significant as in the 1950’s this location was a popular pig market. Over the past 10 years the people of Strabane have taken Ambrose into their hearts and he has become the star of numerous photoshoots and events. 

“Originally titled ‘Where Dreams Go’ Martin Heron’s bronze creation was renamed by local people in reference to the character from local writer Flann O’Brien’s book The Poor Mouth. Loved by children, it’s believed Ambrose has magical powers and that just by touching his ear all your wishes and dreams will come true!”

There will be a special arts and crafts workshop taking place in the morning before the party begins at 1pm. The Imaginative Young Writers’ Tea Party at 10am will allow children to use their imagination and get creative as they make up a story about Ambrose and where he came from. The magical stories will then be written on handmade teacups to take home. 

From 1pm – 3pm there will be plenty of fun in the Alley Courtyard with ‘Annette Spaghetti’. Have fun with party games, arts and crafts, street animation, face painting and balloon modelling. Meet Ambrose’s friends on the mini farm and of course sing Happy Birthday to Ambrose and enjoy some Birthday Cake. At 3pm the classic movie ‘Babe’ will be shown in the main auditorium.

All events are FREE excluding the ‘Imaginative Young Writers Tea Party’ which is £7. To book and for more information visit www.alley-theatre.com or call 028 71 384444.