Mayor unveils new play facilities during Whiteabbey Fun Day

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MAYOR Billy Webb joined members of the local community in Whiteabbey on Saturday morning (September 3) to officially open a new multi-use games area.

The £50,000 project at Abbeyglen Drive near Glenville was funded by the European Programme for Peace and Reconciliation, through the CAN PEACE III Partnership and its ‘Positive Play’ programme.

The official opening took place as part of Whiteabbey Community Group’s Fun Day, which attracted a large crowd to the pitch at Abbeyglen for a whole host of fun and games throughout the afternoon.

The day started with several teams taking part in the annual football tournament in memory of local schoolgirl Debbie Sloan. The Whiteabbey Boys were victorious and received the Debbie Sloan Memorial Cup from the Mayor.

The senior tournament was followed by a junior five-a-side football competition, while other activities included face painting, bouncy castles, a giant slide and sports coaching sessions in the new multi-use games area.

A series of fun competitions ran throughout the event, including bonny baby, glamorous granny, knobbly knees and Whiteabbey’s Got Talent.

Whiteabbey Community Group Chairperson, Una Mulholland, hailed the day a resounding success, saying: “Saturday was our second Fun Day since the area was included in the Housing Executive’s Shared Neighbourhood Programme and I am delighted that it was such a success. The day was planned with something for everyone and we had a really good turnout from local residents who joined in the fun and games.”

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