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Waves of families have fun in the sun at Ballygally Beach Bonanza

Friday 6 July 2018

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council really pushed the boat out at last Sunday’s action-packed Beach Bonanza at Ballygally Beach, thanks to funding from PEACE IV.

Waves of families have fun in the sun at Ballygally Beach Bonanza

The event saw this beautiful stretch of coastline brimming with stand-up paddleboards, sea kayaks and coastal rowing boats provided by Glenarm, Whitehead, Carnlough and Castle Coastal Rowing Clubs. 

This event was part of the wider Your Place Our Space project, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Besides the huge range of water-based activities, there was plenty on the beach for people to get involved in, from art workshops using seaweed and driftwood, to scavenger hunts and a sports zone. 

People from across the borough came to enjoy the day and the feedback from the public was fantastic, with adults and children alike delighted to see such a wide range of activities offering something for everyone. 

Mayor Cllr Lindsay Millar attended the event, and even tried her hand at coastal rowing. 

The Mayor said: “This was another exciting event taking place as part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s PEACE IV funding. It was fantastic to see communities coming together to enjoy our prize-winning beaches and world famous coastline.”

Council is committed to providing quality opportunities for residents to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and with continued events being planned under PEACE IV funding, everyone can expect to see a lot more fantastic events.

The Coastal Rowing on the day was provided by clubs from Glenarm, Whitehead, Carnlough and Castle (Ballygally), who came along and worked tirelessly all day offering taster sessions. The ethos of the rowing clubs is to encourage young and old from different backgrounds to participate in rowing at both competitive and recreational levels.

The clubs are currently welcoming new members, from post-primary age upwards. For more information please go to the Facebook page of the Antrim Coast Rowing Association and message the group.

For further information please contact E: susan.lynn@midandeastantrim.gov.uk or call T: 028 9335 8274.