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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ballyclare May Fair

Ballyclare May Fair caters for everyone while still keeping up with Tradition.

THE ANNUAL Ballyclare Mayfair kicks off in style on Saturday 20th May 2006, with a range of events and activities to cater for all the family.

Keeping tradition alive, the event which can be traced back some 250 years, started as a horse trading fair where buyers and sellers would meet to barter and finally agree on the most realistic prices.

The local market town will be a hive of activity over the period Saturday 20th to 27th May. The town centre will have traffic diversions in place, as the event will host a horse fair, funfair rides, market stalls and other live performances and shows and demonstartions.

Mr Ted Turkington – Chairman of the local organising committee - commented saying “We certainly hope that the people of Ballyclare and throughout Northern Ireland will visit us during the May Fair period, as we have been fortunate enough to secure ‘live’ performances from X-Factor stars Chico, Philip and Nicholas. This will get is off to a great start on the first Saturday – 20th May”.

He went on to day that “Ballyclare certainly enjoys Country and western music and this will be catered for by our very own Susan McCann and local favourite Hugo Duncan in concert. Many people will already be aware that Calum Best will be making a guest appearance at the close of the May Fair on the evening of Saturday 27th May 2006”.

The Ballyclare May Fair will reach a climax through the hosting of a spectacular fireworks display as a final community celebration on the last Saturday. The event has been well supported by local schools, community and youth groups and the wide range of senior citizens groups from throughout the borough of Newtownabbey.

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