The borough was awash with pink on Saturday, May 10 as people of all ages gathered to catch a glimpse of the Giro d’Italia.
The wet weather didn’t dampen the Giro spirit in Glengormley where hundreds of people gathered to cheer on the world’s top cyclists as they took on stage two of the Grande Partenza (big start).
Umbrellas and pink plastic ponchos were the order of the day for the huge numbers of people who braved the morning rain to cheer on the peloton as it travelled up the Antrim Road, through Sandyknowes roundabout and on towards Templepatrick.
“The craic was mighty, even when the rain came on. It was a great event for getting the whole community pulling together,” said Kathy Wolff, coordinator of the Community Relations Forum.
Thankfully the weather improved in the afternoon as the family fun and celebrations continued in Jordanstown, Whiteabbey, Rathcoole and Merville Garden Village.
Hundreds of people, many sporting giant pink foam hands and waving flags, lined the Shore Road as the riders picked up the pace in the push for the finish line at Belfast City Hall.
Reflecting on the success of the day, Mayor Fraser Agnew described the turnout as “absolutely amazing” and said it was a great example of how sport brings people together.
At their Development Committee meeting on Monday night, councillors hailed the “fantastic event” and praised Tourism Manager Lisa O’Kane and council staff for their efforts in preparing the borough for the Giro day celebrations.
• See more Giro pictures in this week’s Times (on sale now).
• Video: Giro rolls through Whiteabbey. Click here.