Newtownabbey Times, Thursday, June 20, 2013
Newtownabbey Times, Thursday, June 20, 2013

In this week’s paper: Leah McFall prepares for the final of The Voice, the Queen honours work of locals and councillor asks who will pay for bonfire damage.

Leah McFall is gearing up for the biggest weekend of her life.

The 23-year-old Glengormley girl has been installed as the hot favourite to win this week’s grand final of the BBC Saturday night singing contest The Voice.

Our Leah has sailed through the previous rounds earning acclaim from the competition’s judges, which includes singing legend Tom Jones and American star, as well as a host of stars from around the world.

This week the fashion student made a home-coming visit ahead of the big night, which will no doubt will change the rest of her life no matter the outcome.

On Saturday night the whole borough has been encouraged to show support for Leah and vote for her to win the competition.

Also in this week’s paper: It was an unprecedented year for Newtownabbey as 10 people connected to the area were awarded honours in the Queen’s birthday awards.

Organisers of this week’s mini Twelfth and the flagship Twelfth parade have urged for calm and those taking part to be on their best behaviour.

Councillor John Scott asks the Housing Executive who will pay for damage to resident’s homes caused by the 11th night bonfires.

Residents new hope that incinerator plan could be scuppered by developments elsewhere.

And historical society investigates mystery of missing Ballynure milestone.

And in this week’s sport:

International hockey comes to the Glade.

Double gold at the Ulster Championship Club.

And Reds’ Shimmon gets Euro Finals chance.