Heritage trail complete as stolen sign is recovered

Barry Macaulay of Mallusk Community Action Group.  INNT 41-412-RM
Barry Macaulay of Mallusk Community Action Group. INNT 41-412-RM

A LOCAL heritage trail project which was put on hold this summer after thieves stole signage from the start of the route has finally been completed.

The information panel, designed to provide visitors with details about the Mallusk Heritage Trail, was erected by Mallusk Community Action Group (MCAG) on Hydepark Road at the end of July. However, within a matter of days it had been stolen.

Speaking to the Times after the theft, MCAG Chairman Barry Macaulay made a plea for the return of the 4ft long plastic interpretive board, which cost the community group around £300 to produce.

In the days after Mr Macaulay’s public appeal, members of the group received information that led to the recovery of the sign. And this week it was finally reinstated on the wall of the McNicholas Construction building - the site of the old Hyde Park Linen Bleaching and Finishing Works.

“Apparently the word went out after the article appeared in the Newtownabbey Times and we were given information that the sign had been thrown into a bush nearby. Thankfully we located it and it was undamaged,” Mr Macaulay explained.

“We’ve put it up with reinforced bolts and adhesive this time, so hopefully that does the trick. We’re pleased that all the signs are now up and that people can enjoy the heritage trail.”

Read the full story in this week’s Times...