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Thousands enjoy weekend of family fun and frolics

Published 30/08/2010

Thousands of tourists and families flocked to Loughshore Park in Jordanstown at the weekend for the annual Shoreline Festival.

Lisa O'Kane, tourism and events manager for Newtownabbey council, said: “We have had record crowds this year. There is something for everyone and there has been a fantastic family atmosphere.”

Stephen and Lorraine Hughes from north Belfast, along with granddaughter Tia (2), browsed through the art and craft stalls while Amanda McGall from Jump, Jiggle and Jive kept little ones entertained.

Art teacher Jennifer Beattie and her one-year-old son Lucas enjoyed an ice-cream before heading to the play park.

“Today's festival has been fantastic. It's a great family day out and it's wonderful to see the kids making art work and really enjoying themselves,” said Mrs Beattie.

Joy and David Moore from Cullybackey enjoyed a day out with daughters Grace (7) and Hannah (3). Mrs Moore said: “The lovely weather really makes it and the girls have loved the bouncy castles and slides.”

Today's programme begins at 1pm with a Teddy Bears Picnic and ends with a live Classics in the Park and fireworks display.

A free park and ride system will operate from 6.30pm to 10.30pm between Hazelbank Park and Jordanstown Loughshore Park.

For more information visit newtownabbey.gov.uk/shoreline

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