Wet weather doesn’t stop the Jubilee party

Olympic Torch Relay participant Carolynn Clarke brought her torch along to the Jubilee Fun Day at Foyle Hill. She is pictured with event organiser Phil Hamilton and some of the local residents who enjoyed the festivities, despite the wet weather.
Olympic Torch Relay participant Carolynn Clarke brought her torch along to the Jubilee Fun Day at Foyle Hill. She is pictured with event organiser Phil Hamilton and some of the local residents who enjoyed the festivities, despite the wet weather.
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RATHCOOLE Friends of the Somme celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by holding a Family Fun Day at Foyle Hill on Tuesday, June 5.

The event, funded by Newtownabbey Borough Council, attracted more than 400 people despite the unseasonal weather.

Members of Rathcoole Young Men FC with some of the young people who took part in the five-a-side football during the Jubilee Fun Day at Foyle Hill, Rathcoole on June 5.

Members of Rathcoole Young Men FC with some of the young people who took part in the five-a-side football during the Jubilee Fun Day at Foyle Hill, Rathcoole on June 5.

There were bouncy castles, face painting, football competitions, a glamorous granny competition and loads more to keep the crowds entertained. Local Olympic torchbearer Carolynn Clarke also attended the event and gave everyone the chance to see the torch close up.

Fun Day organiser Phil Hamilton said the day had been a great success, despite the wet weather.

“It was great to see so many people of all ages attending the event and even the rain didn’t stop us celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. I would like to thank everyone who made this possible, especially our main funder Newtownabbey Borough Council, and the people for coming together and helping make this Fun Day possible on a limited budget,” he said.

“Rathcoole Young Men football team did a great job with the five-a-side football competition (pictured inset), Leanne Gilmore made beautiful Jubilee cupcakes that went down a treat, and our face painter Kirsty Crawford was kept busy by the children all day. Our DJ, Davy McWhirter, also managed to keep the party going despite the difficult weather conditions.”

Mr Hamilton added: “I would also like to thank Tesco Newtownabbey and Newtownabbey Taxis who also helped fund the event and a special thank you to Carolynn Clarke who came along to let the local people see the Olympic Torch.”