Broughshane’s Village of the Year success

Monday 12 February 2018

Mid and East Antrim Mayor, Councillor Paul Reid, has hailed Broughshane’s Village of the Year triumph and congratulated the community for its incredible efforts.​​

Mayor of Mid & East Antrim, Cllr Paul Reid, pictured along with members of the Broughshane Improvement Team, Betty Millar, Betty Wylie and Betty Shaw, Broughshane & District Community Association Development Manager, Valerie Blake and Association Chairman

The ‘Garden Village of Ulster’ saw off hundreds of rivals from across the UK to seal victory in the Channel 4 series finale on Saturday evening.

Broughshane was crowned the UK’s best village, receiving a cash prize of £10,000 to fund community work.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said Broughshane’s achievement was deserved recognition of the efforts of the village’s volunteers and community representatives.

Cllr Reid also hailed the positive impact on tourism and the economy in Mid and East Antrim as a result of Broughshane’s star television billing.

He said: “This is an incredible achievement by all those in Broughshane.

“This success is the culmination of years of hard work, commitment and inspirational community spirit.

“Council has a superb relationship with the community in Broughshane.

“The showcasing of Broughshane to a national audience, its brilliant residents and volunteers, and its excellent economic and tourism potential is superb news for our Borough.

“Broughshane is also at the heart of our thriving agri-food sector and boasts some of our Borough’s finest producers.

“Our close ties with local businesses, including Raceview Mill, and producers are key to our recently launched food network and are among the many jewels in Broughshane’s crown.

“Our operations team must also be commended for our staff’s sterling efforts in maintaining and enhancing Broughshane.

“I have no doubt the Village of the Year success will lead to even greater interest in the area from across the UK and further afield.”