Portrush in £500k facelift for golf Open
Shops in Portrush are to be given a £500,000 facelift ahead of The Open championship next year.
Traders in the Co Antrim resort can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to improve properties as part of the scheme, which is funded by the Department for Communities (DfC).
The scheme is part of a £17m regeneration programme that includes a new train station and public realm works already under way in the town.
DfC regional development office deputy director William Cameron said the scheme "represents a great opportunity for local businesses to improve the appearance of their premises".
"It will help to ensure the town of Portrush is looking its very best in advance of The Open's return in 2019," he said.
Royal Portrush Golf Club is staging the 148th Open, which returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951, providing a welcome boost for the economy.