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Golden Ticket holders See Around Mr Coole’s Chocolate Factory

11 January 2016

Mr. Coole’s Assistant and the Oompa Loompa’s welcome ticket holders to the Factory. 


Children and their families, armed with Golden Tickets, were able to step inside a world of imagination through Rathcoole’s version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.  The performers played to five full houses on Saturday 19 December at Merville House in Merville Garden Village, Newtownabbey. The event, hosted by the Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All Programme, has become part of the local events calendar with many families returning year upon year.

Volunteers from a range of Rathcoole’s community and voluntary groups such as the Breakaways and Newtownabbey Women’s Group, took to the stage and some even to their bed on the stage!  Mr. Coole was ably assisted by a host of Oompa-Loompa’s who magically guided families through the chocolate factory. 

Families made chocolate pizza’s and ate chocolate dipped marshmallows with the help of Aunt Sandra’s Sweet Factory.  Everyone followed the trail through the enchanted sweetie garden and finished off their visit with Santa and his friends.

Charlie’s Grandparents gather to hear news of his Golden Ticket.


The Mayor and friends visit Santa at the Chocolate Factory Grotto .


Speaking about the successful event, Chair of the Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, Councillor Paul Hamill, commented: “We were delighted to welcome so many local families to what has become the annual highlight around Christmas. We would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their time to take part. It was a great way to get into the Festive Spirit.”

Donations from those at the event also raised awareness and vital funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities - Cancer Fund for Children, Autism NI and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.