On 11th August 2015, one of our employees was approached by Billy Ellis, the driving force behind The Cornfield Project. Our employee had been involved in promoting the project before via Social Media, making people in the local area aware of it and the support started to grow.
A meeting was arranged for the following day, 12th August 2015 between ourselves, Billy Ellis and Brendan Patterson. The finer details of the project were explained to us. The project was one of three in the Grow Wild Flagship finals, the winner would be selected by a public vote.
We were asked to help with the promotional side of the campaign, mainly the digital / social media side, which they understood would be vital if they were to stand any chance of winning. We gladly accepted this job.
The following week, Grow Wild sent out their film crew to record the official promotional video which would be shown on the Sky Community Channel during the four weeks of voting. We followed them around and recorded some behind the scenes footage.
After this, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council sent their own PR team down to get some promotional photos of their own.
Fast forward to October 6th, the day the voting lines open. Q Radio sent Denis McNeill and Aine McAuley down for a live broadcast from Focus on Family in Ballysally. Denis spoke to a host of guests including Billy & Brendan themselves, Mayor Michelle Knight-McQuillan, Councillor George Duddy, Stephen Warwick, owner of The Bull’s Eye, Sharon Lamont, Principal of Millburn Primary School and Angela Mulholland, Chair of Focus of Family. We recorded footage of each guest individually while they spoke with Denis.
Over the coming weeks we were able to get footage of a wide range of people. Including local MLA Claire Sugden, members of Coleraine Football Club including their Manger Oran Kearney, Ex Radio Ulster Presenter Alan Simpson and two of the team’s players, James McLaughlin and Lyndon Kane, both of whom have connections to the Ballysally and Millburn areas.
Our last batch of videos were recorded on Monday 26th October, when Local Magician Rodd Hogg performed a few tricks in Coleraine Town Centre. Rodd started off by performing a bit of Card Magic, then, successfully guessed the PIN number for Billy’s phone and finally, he guessed Billy’s bank PIN and withdrew £10.
Focus on Family’s Jill Proctor also recorded a short video urging people to vote as we entered the last few days of the public vote.
We have very much enjoyed being involved with this project and we wish Billy, Brendan and all those involved with The Cornfield Project every success for the future.