Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland basks in Easter sunshine

Thousands of holidaymakers and daytrippers hit Northern Ireland’s coastal resorts at the weekend as the country continued to enjoy one of the warmest Aprils on record.

Scores lapped up the glorious Bank Holiday sunshine and unseasonably high temperature of more than 20C.

There were tailbacks on some roads as folk made the most of what is for many a prolonged break from work, with towns such as Newcastle, Co Down and Portrush, Co Londonderry thronged throughout Saturday and Sunday.

As always, Barry’s Amusements in Portrush — a traditional mecca for north coast visitors — was inundated, the iconic Big Dipper ride among the most popular attractions.

Neighbouring Portstewart was also a hive of activity and the Promenade was awash with visitors throughout the weekend.

Damian Morelli, of Morelli’s ice cream parlour, said: “The last couple of days have been very good for us. The weather is always a big factor. We have had a lot of English and Scottish visitors around. It has certainly been a bit busier than last year.

“Let’s hope the good weather keeps up.”

For those who chose to enjoy the break at home, barbecues were plucked from sheds and supermarkets reported a roaring trade in burgers and sausages.

Today is set to begin cloudy with outbreaks of light rain and spells of sunshine later.

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