Causeway Coast and Glens Council are set to begin this year’s Lammas Fair with a bang. A fireworks display will kick start Irelands oldest Fair on the Sunday evening before but it hasn’t met with universal approval. Several commentators have posted negative comments on social media suggesting it’s a waste of money.
Ballycastle’s Independent Councillor Padraig McShane has welcomed the initiative and suggested those complaining were simply, ‘the Usual suspects’.
“Those complaining had about them a superiority complex which was a destabilising factor on rational thought. It was good to see their confidence attached to verbose ramblings being universally dismissed.
“Let us not allow a tiny minority to detract from a significant enhancement of the Fair. Councillors along with officers have taken several proposals and intend to elongate the Fair over the coming number of years to enhance the visitor experience plus increase revenues coming into Ballycastle.
“The Hallowe’en display attracts huge numbers annually. I regularly meet with residents from Ballymoney, Loughgiel, the Glens, Dervock, Mosside and and numerous other outlying towns and villages. Let us make sure everyone attending the inaugural Lammas Fair display has a fun, family evening. More importantly, lets use this initial change as a springboard for future enhancements.”
Councillor McShane finished by saying;
“While the venue is Ballycastle, the Lammas Fair belongs to everyone who visits. We must do our utmost to ensure a memorable visitor experience.”