Hundreds throng to Ballynure Village Fair

The winning Tug-of-War team from Jackson's Butchers. INNT 25-217-CON
The winning Tug-of-War team from Jackson's Butchers. INNT 25-217-CON

There was a rare glimpse of the sun just after noon on Saturday, June 18 as a small yet colourful Opening Parade made its way across the A8 to be greeted by the Mayor of Newtownabbey, Alderman Billy Webb, at the start of the 2011 Ballynure Village Fair.

The theme for the parade was based upon the Cadbury’s ‘Spots v Stripes’ community games’ initiative and, while the ‘Stripes’ had the best dressed male in the parade, the ‘Spots’ certainly had the superior banner!

The whole village came alive as hundreds of people gathered to take part in the many activities planned for the day. The smell of sausages, burgers and onions on the barbecues was everywhere and there was no shortage of other food either, including coffee and scones, crepes, fresh sandwiches and icecream for the participants as they wound their way among the myriad of stalls in the field, Main Street and the car parks of the churches, the Ballad Inn and Jackson’s the Butchers.

There was something for everyone to enjoy, including pony and trap rides, plants, bric-a-brac, tombola, cakes, local produce, cup cakes, strawberries and cream and chocolate fountains. Children were having their faces painted, their hair coloured or arms tattooed and Dick Diamond, on his stilts, kept a watchful eye on everything from a great height!

Those who wanted a chance to win a prize could visit the coconut shy, Treasure Island, hoopla, ‘pop and pic’, fishing for ducks and the bucket game while others who were simply interested in gaining points for their team queued up to take part in the free ‘Spots v Stripes’ challenges at their stall. Children from Ballynure, Ballyboley and Straid Primary schools also took part in a Spots v Stripes painting competition. On the day, the ‘Stripes’ - namely those living on the Village side of the A8, won the cup by 2,328 points to 1,981. The final outcome would have been much closer had there not be a ‘stripey’ hula hoop expert who gained over 300 points for her team in just one go.

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