Phase Two of photo project set to develop

PHASE Two of the ‘What Dromore Means to Me’ photographic project is ready to go ahead, with residents likely to get the picture in the not too distant future.

PHASE Two of the ‘What Dromore Means to Me’ photographic project is ready to go ahead, with residents likely to get the picture in the not too distant future.

Preparations for the roll-out have already begun; the district council has taken delivery of Dromore photographer Drew McWilliams’ second and final batch of 12 outsize images and posts have been sunk in readiness for the roll-out.

‘What Dromore Means to Me’ was born of a collaboration between Banbridge District Council, Dromore Chamber of Commerce and Drew himself, whose plans for a photographic showcase of the Dromore he knew and loved coincided with an initiative to promote community spirit and brighten the more unsightly parts of the town centre.

The result was a dozen photographs, a mixture of local landscapes and personal portraits mounted in Church Street, Bridge Street

and Market Square, that have since become as much a familiar facet of the town for locals as they are an eye-catching feature for visitors.

The images were erected and officially launched in October last year. At the time, Drew explained, “It is my privilege to live and photograph in Dromore, and as a photographer I asked myself, how to I represent my town and what it means to me?

“I finally realised that what defines Dromore is the people; that was like a light going on.”

Thanking his subjects - his friends, he said - for so willingly taking part, Drew added, “I wanted tomake sure they were

ordinary people.”

Mechelle Brown, who at the project launch stressed what she called the importance of the project to the wider regeneration of Dromore and hailed it as an effort to “breathe a bit of life into the town and add a bit of colour”, confirmed this week that the second, and final phase, as promised then, was now awaiting installation.

“Obviously,” she said, “council staff have been very tied up with Christmas, but hopefully it won’t be long before we can go ahead with the second phase.”

Phase Two will feature the same mix of landscapes and comment accompanied portraiture as the original 12 pictures. All will be moutned centrally, with Market Square and Bridge Street among the key locations.