Picture special: Sculpture is a reminder of Ballyrobert’s racing past

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An impressive new piece of outdoor art has been erected in Ballyrobert.

A ceremony to mark the unveiling of the metal sculpture took place on Friday, April 4.

It was hosted by the mayor, Alderman Fraser Agnew, with local councillors, community representatives and pupils from The Thompson Primary School in attendance.

The commemorative racing car sculpture in the village centre will be a lasting legacy to the English Racing Automobiles racing car that won the Ulster TT in 1946.

The race – which was run over 12 laps of a four-mile road circuit incorporating Ballyrobert village, the Longshot and Lindsay’s Corner – was won by the Thai Prince Birabongse, commonly known as Bira.

The full-size replica racing car sculpture, which was designed by Skelton Rainey from Newtownabbey Borough Council and manufactured by Knight Design Engineering, was funded by GROW South Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in association with the Ballyrobert Village Committee.

Mayor Fraser Agnew said: “The sculpture makes a fantastic eye-catching feature in the village and forms part of an environmental improvement scheme.

“Other works on the scheme include improvements to the village green such as new fencing and seating and the provision of an electricity supply.

“The works not only give Ballyrobert a makeover, but also provide a great example of different partners coming together and bringing positive change to our local community.”


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