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THE author of one of the most sought-after books on the history of the Ards is to give a one-off lecture this month (Monday 25 November).

Dr Trevor McCavery’s  book,  ‘Newtown: A History Of Newtownards’,  has just been republished as a 2013 Commemorative Edition to mark the granting of the town’s Royal Charter 400 years ago. In keeping with this anniversary, he will be talking about relations between the governors and the governed in Newtownards and the challenges, controversies and crises they experienced over the four centuries which shaped the identity of this historic town.dn_screen

The new edition, which has 224 pages and 133 illustrations, over 70 of which are in colour, charts Newtownards’s history from earliest times to the present day, and was published by White Row with financial support from Ards Borough Council.

Councillor Colin Kennedy, Chairman of the Council’s Borough Charter Working Group, which has coordinated the celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the charter, is looking forward to the event:

“Dr McCavery’s knowledge of this area comes from decades of research and writing and he is also a very engaging speaker, so not only will the audience receive an insight into local history, and its wider national and indeed international context, but also an enjoyable and entertaining evening”.

The lecture, ‘A borough is born and developed, 1613-2013’, takes place on 25 November 2013 at 7.30pm in the Londonderry Room, Town Hall Arts Centre, Conway Square, Newtownards. Admission is £3, including refreshments.

Tickets from Ards Arts Centre, Tel: 028 9181 0803 or Ards Tourist Information Centre, Tel: 028 9182 6846 or visit or