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An empty bar, a closed boating business, an ice cream shop in cold storage... the NI holiday traders hoping for a late summer boost

This should be boom time for Northern Ireland's best known resorts, but coronavirus has turned them into ghost towns. Linda Stewart finds out how businesses in Portrush, the north coast and Newcastle are riding out the pandemic lockdown

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The deserted East Strand at Portrush

The deserted East Strand at Portrush

Michelle Graham outside a shuttered Graham's ice cream shop

Michelle Graham outside a shuttered Graham's ice cream shop

Harbour Bar manager Willie Gregg

Harbour Bar manager Willie Gregg

Richard Connor, who owns Causeway Boats, which runs fishing, sightseeing and foodie boat tours around the north coast

Richard Connor, who owns Causeway Boats, which runs fishing, sightseeing and foodie boat tours around the north coast

Keith Walls

Keith Walls

With wife Karen, and children Josh and Emily

With wife Karen, and children Josh and Emily

Myrtle Macauley and her husband John at the front of their Beach House B&B

Myrtle Macauley and her husband John at the front of their Beach House B&B

Newcastle

Newcastle

The deserted East Strand at Portrush

Portrush: The shops are shuttered, the amusements have ground to a halt and the only living creatures to be seen are the soaring gulls and an occasional dog walker.

This time last year, says Willie Gregg, you would have needed a shoehorn to get into the Harbour Bar in Portrush.

Last weekend would have been the North West 200 weekend, the much loved motor racing event that draws visitors to Northern Ireland's seaside resorts from all over the world, and the contrast between last year and now couldn't be more stark. The usually hiving Harbour Bar is a case in point.