TV show on Silent Valley’s hidden history.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

TV show on Silent Valley’s hidden history. thumbnail John Haugh and son James outside the house before it was moved within Silent Valley.

A BBC programme on the hidden history of 'Watertown' at the Silent Valley will be shown in the next few weeks.

Northern Ireland's flagship rural affairs programme, Home Ground returns next Monday (23 April) with a new series and a special programme broadcasting live from The Balmoral Show.

Produced by Below the Radar for BBC Northern Ireland, the series sees the return of presenters Jo Scott, Gavin Andrews and reporter Ruth Sanderson out and about right across Northern Ireland, exploring the richness of rural life.

Former Banbridge Academy pupil, Ruth Sanderson is no stranger to these parts and has a starring role in the programme.

The series is full of interesting stories and people who are passionate about the countryside.

Jo discovers the hidden history of 'Watertown' - the town which sprung up in the Mourne Mountains to accommodate the engineers and workers involved in the construction of the Silent Valley Reservoir in the 1920s.

She follows a special project, led by Mourne Heritage Trust, as they relocate one of the last remaining original buildings back to Silent Valley.

The listed building was relocated from the Head Road in Annalong to its new site at Silent Valley Park.

John Haugh's grandmother Mary Cunningham lived in the house, once part of Watertown, in its current location for half a decade before her passing in 2010.

Watertown was a temporary town created at Silent Valley to house the workers during the construction of the Silent Valley Reservoir between 1923 and 1933.

Meanwhile, Ruth Sanderson has spent time with the USPCA Animal Hospital in Newry, to see the variety of animals in need of care and assistance.

The current series will conclude with a special programme celebrating the 150th Balmoral Show, with Jo, Gavin and the team broadcasting live from the Balmoral Show on Thursday, 17 May from 7-8pm.

* Home Ground returns to BBC One NI on Monday at 7.30pm


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