NEWTOWNABBEY has had two good reasons to party this week, with Jubilympics celebrations to mark the Olympic Torch Relay through the borough and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee reaching fever pitch.
Notwithstanding the early morning start and cold weather, thousands descended onto the borough’s streets on Sunday, June 3, as the iconic Olympic Flame made its ‘once in a lifetime’ passage through the borough in the run up to the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
A select number of volunteers were chosen to carry the torch through the borough, including Newtownabbey woman Carolynn McCord Clarke who took charge of it for 300 metres along the O’Neill Road.
The coach of the Valley Wildcats cheerleading squad, known as ‘Big Momma Wildcat’, told the Times: “To be from Rathcoole and carry the Olympic Torch past the estate was just unbelievable.
“It was an honour and one I’ll always be proud of, but it was not just for me, it was for everyone who supported me, my friends, family and all the Wildcats - they cheered me along with all the thousands of others.
“It was so surreal and an experience I’ll never forget. All the people that showed up to cheer us along made it a very special day.”
The festivities continued into the evening on Sunday with a family fun day and musical celebrations in Jordanstown’s Loughshore Park. And the following night special Jubilee Beacons were lit at Carnmoney Hill, Carn Hill and Knockagh.
Throughout this week many more people across the borough have been partying to celebrate the Jubilee which marks the 60-year reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
For full coverage of the borough’s Olympic Torch Relay and Diamond Jubilee celebrations check out this week’s Times...