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Ould Lammas Fair bids to improve image

Published 16/08/2015

The Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, Co Antrim
The Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, Co Antrim

One of Ireland's oldest fairs is trying to shake off its tacky image.

The Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, will this year offer a high quality alternative to the gimmicky toys and rice-filled balloons which have become a stalwart of the 400-year-old event.

Traders from the Naturally North Coast and Glens community market are hoping their locally made artisan products will help return the fair -- which celebrates the start of harvest -- to its traditional roots.

A spokeswoman said: "Our stallholders are themselves primary producers - people who grow, make, create, style, rear, craft or bake the products that they sell.

"Our market aims to keep things authentic."

The Lammas Fair attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the seaside resort every year.

As well as livestock and horse-trading there is also street entertainment, busking and a fun fair.

The Naturally North Coast and Glens community market, which will include goat meat, wood turning and home-bakery stalls, will be close to the Diamond area in the heart of the town.

The spokeswoman said: " We will be offering an opportunity to meet the many food and craft producers and suppliers from the north coast, Glens and wider area.

"It is a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat and for those that seek something different."

This year the Lammas Fair will take place on August 24 and 25.

For more information log on to www.naturallynorthcoastandglens.co.uk.

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