DUP MLA Maurice Bradley has praised the Council staff for their diligent work ahead of this weekend’s Armed Forced Day.
“It is an honour for our town to be chosen to host such a prestigious event,” said the MLA.
“Armed Forces Day is a chance for us to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
“Preparations for the event are barely a week old, the care and politeness of the council staff in dealing with the members of the public and the business community as they go about their work has to be admired.
“We must remember that many of the Council staff will be working on Saturday to ensure that the event runs smoothly whilst we get the chance to sit back and enjoy the packed line up of events.
“I am disappointed that the clean-up in Coleraine town centre has been viewed as negative by some. I feel that a spruce up in Coleraine town centre, irrespective of the weekend event, must be welcomed.
“Too often the focus is on our seaside resorts. Any attempt to improve the look of the Borough’s main shopping town has to be commended.”
MLA Bradley went on: “I know that many republican and some unionist councillors have been opposed to the costs associated with the event, however I might point out that the costs are minimal in comparison to other Council costs, which do nothing to attract tourists and visitors to the area and have no benefits to the ratepayer.”
To conclude, Bradley added: “I want to wish everyone involved in Saturday’s event well. It is shaping up to be a real spectacle, let us hope that the weather stays fair to further complement the events planned.”