THE organisers of the Ballyclare May Fair have been praised for their hard work in making this year’s event such a great success.
In stark contrast to last year’s woeful weather, bright sunshine and soaring temperatures helped ensure a bumper crowd lined the streets of the town on Saturday (May 26) for the Mayor’s Parade, while the various events and activities on offer throughout the week attracted fantastic crowds.
Among those who attended Saturday’s parade was South Antrim MLA Danny Kinahan, who praised the efforts of the Ballyclare May Fair Committee for all of their hard work in continuing the long tradition of staging the annual celebration in the town.
“We were blessed with fantastic weather this year and I hope that the local economy enjoyed a much needed surge. I loved the floats in the parade and particularly the dray horses which were a great reminder of days gone by,” the UUP man commented.
“If this historic annual event is to continue to bring a massive boost for local traders and business people we need to ensure that it is well funded, well marketed and brilliantly delivered. I would love for the event to go from strength to strength and hope next year to see more local produce on display and a commitment by local people to really get involved. All in all, it’s a great family day out,” he added.
DUP Assemblyman and local councillor Paul Girvan was also among the crowds who flocked to the town for Saturday’s parade.
“The weather really makes or breaks a fair and thankfully we had a really good week and so there were more people out and about taking part in the different events. There are one or two things that will have to be worked on for next year, but all in all I think it went very well.
“I would just like to thank all of those people who put so much hard work and effort into organising the fair; they did a wonderful job in delivering the event and making it a huge success.
“People have travelled from far and wide to this year’s event, and it has been successful in bringing many visitors to the town, many of which I know were very impressed with what they saw. Thank you to all involved, and I am sure we can look forward to an equally special May Fair again next year,” he said.
Meanwhile, speaking at Monday night’s meeting of the full council, Councillor Pat McCudden also praised everyone who was behind “making this year’s May Fair one of the most successful ever”.
The Alliance councillor made special mention of the Mayor Alderman Billy Webb and council members Paul Girvan and John Blair for their participation in the annual John Cullen Memorial Challenge organised to help raise funds for the Northern Ireland Hospice. The councillors took part in a “violent amusement ride” at the May Fair, which resulted in £1,430 being raised for charity.
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