June in Portadown
Here are some typical photos representing Summertime in Portadown. Several are from the European continental market which stayed for a weekend in late June. Hopefully this will become an annual event. All of the pictures on this page link to a bigger picture. Just click on any picture to see the larger image (640 x 480), and hit back on your browser to return to this page. All of the following areas are within a mile of Portadown town centre.
Two pretty ladies from the continental market display their French confectionary product stall in the Magowan Buildings shopping centre in town.
A taste of Holland
Crowds flock around the Dutch cheese stall.
A large multicoloured display of bodywarmer tops for sale attracts the local shoppers.
Another view of the cheese stall from the Netherlands shows an assortment of traditional dutch footwear.
An early morning chat before the pubs open in West Street on a fresh summer morning
The site of Charlie McKeever's bar in Woodhouse Street greets shoppers returning from the town centre.
Council workers tend to the flower beds at this Loughgall Road roundabout. An unusual, prolonged heatwave had people sunbathing during May and June. Flowers and shrubbery had to be regularly watered. In the foreground an election poster looms ominously.
The various muted colours of the farmer's fields beside the Corcullentra Road decorate the local countryside.
This beautiful wildflower meadow stretches along the edges of Corcrain at the Ballybay River.
The attractive flower of the honeysuckle bush proliferates along many of the countryside hedgerows near the town.
The electric blue of the damselfly caught my eye as I walked along the banks of the River Bann. Dragonflies and other insects hovered elusively nearby.
A carpet of ox eye daisies adorn the old railway embankment in Corcrain. The long abandoned Derry Road, which once ferried passengers from Portadown, through Dungannon and Cookstown is now a haven and refuge for wildlife, insects and wildflowers.
Another common wildflower found among the hedgerows in the area.
I remember one summer during my childhood, seeing thousands of ladybirds. I think there was an outbreak of almost epidemic proportions one year during the 1970s.
St. Mark's Church
St. Mark's Church stands proudly as citizens relax in the sunshine in the centre of town. The flower beds add colour to the scene.