Locals and motorsport enthusiasts will gather around the Dunlop Memorial Garden throughout the day to remember legendary biker Joey Dunlop OBE - the world champion racer would have turned 70 today.
Today will also see the unveiling of the William Dunlop Sculpture within the memorial garden at 2pm with the Mayor and Ian Paisley MP attending.
William Joseph Dunlop was born at Culduff, near Ballymoney, on 25 February 1952. His career as a motorcycle road racer is unrivaled and earned him an MBE in 1986. He inspired loyalty from a legion of fans spread over every continent. Exhaustive humanitarian work set him apart from any sportsman of his day and for this, he was awarded an OBE in 1996. The ‘King of the Roads’ was one of the most remarkable men of his generation.
Joey began racing in 1969 and within a few years had established a reputation as an exciting and talented rider. With his colleagues in the Armoy Armada, he began to win trophies at circuits and road races throughout the British Isles. When his life was tragically cut short in Estonia in 2000, he had amassed a staggering 26 TT wins at the Isle of Man and 13 at the NW200. Combined with five World Championships and over 160 other victories, his achievements may never be surpassed.
Speaking in advance of this afternoon Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Councillor Darryl Wilson said: "It will be a bittersweet occasion this afternoon when the statue of William Dunlop is unveiled within the Dunlop Memorial garden, close to where his father's statue is located. Today also marks his Uncle Joeys 70th Birthday.
"The people of the Town, the Borough, and beyond will always hold the members of the Dunlop Road racing dynasty close to their hearts.