A DUP Councillor has come out against proposals to create a museum in Ballymoney dedicated to the town’s Motorcycle Racing Legends.
There is already a small, permanent exhibit in the town’s museum which showcases the achievements of local Motorcycling heroes, including the late Joey & Robert Dunlop. However UUP Councillor Darryl Wilson is proposing that this be replaced by a larger Road Racing Museum.
The proposed museum appears to have widespread support locally and within the road racing fraternity with hundreds of people taking to social media to endorse the proposal. However, the DUP’s Councillor Ian Stevenson, a former Mayor of Ballymoney has come out against it.
Commenting on Social Media, Cllr Stevenson said : “I very much honour the legends of Ballymoney. If there was an upstairs to the museum I would support it but I think, while there is much to honour here, there is also much more to Ballymoney too which we cannot exclude e.g.. one of my first encounters with someone who sadly passed away lately was at an exhibition in the museum when I was mayor. I shall of course listen to what is said to hear the detail, but history encompasses many things. I actually think how things are at present works well. So as things stand, I will be voting against, and that is not meant as any disrespect.”
Councillor Wilson believes that the proposed museum would become a significant tourist attraction within Ballymoney and would result in an increased footfall to the town.