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It’s Smelling of Roses in Antrim!

14 September 2015

Photo from the event
Included in the photo are; from left to right: Joseph Beggs; Kenny McFall; Ivor McMullan and Jacqui Dixon from Antrim and Newtownabbey BC; Alderman John Smyth; Mayor of Antrim; Cllr Thomas Hogg; Alderman Carla Lockhart (president of NILGA); Bernard Mitchell; Translink Board Member; Richard Wallace & Isobel Wallace from Ballynure Residents' Group; James Gault and Archie Davidson from Ballyeaston in Bloom; Frank Moore; Translink NI Railways Northern Route Manager.



Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has scooped a top award at the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition.  The ‘Roses in Towns’ trophy is presented by Belfast City Council to the city, town or village who uses roses to the best advantage in public areas.

It was also a great day for Richard Wallace from Ballynure Residents Group who won the Ulsterbus Tours Community Champion Award in recognition of the lasting and positive difference he has made to his local area by embracing the Ulster in Bloom ethos.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg comments, “This is an extremely proud day for the Borough.  So many people comment to me on how beautiful the Borough looks with its stunning floral displays.  There was no doubt this year that our display of roses in Antrim was simply beautiful.  I would like to congratulate all the Council staff on their hard work and dedication.”

The Mayor continues, “I would also like to congratulate Mr Wallace on having won the prestigious award of Community Champion.  It’s so important to have people like him living within the Borough, who take pride in their area and want to make it the best it can be.”

The accolades didn’t just stop there. Antrim was placed third in the Large Town category, Ballynure was placed third in the Village category and

Ballyeaston was placed third in the Small Village category, making it a runaway success for the Borough.

The annual Ulster in Bloom competition encourages cities, towns and villages right across Northern Ireland to look their best, boosting civic pride through beautiful plant and floral displays. Now in its 37th year and sponsored by Translink, the competition attracted 163 entries representing local council areas, local community groups, businesses, bus and train stations as well as 9 community champion nominations.