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Mournes backdrop for Belfast Telegraph roadshow

By Amanda Poole

The Mourne mountains will provide the stunning backdrop for this week’s Belfast Telegraph Tell Us About It Roadshow.

This Thursday we arrive on Newcastle’s streets to find out about the issues that matter in the Co Down town.

Celebrating our 140th anniversary, the Belfast Telegraph prides itself on covering local news, as well as national and international stories. The Tell Us About It roadshows follow this strong tradition.

From 12.30pm our reporters, Deborah McAleese and Amanda Poole, will be in the recently-revamped promenade and Main Street area to listen to issues concerning the public.

Our journalists will be wearing Belfast Telegraph branded T-shirts and stopping you to ask for your views.

Deborah said: “I am looking forward to meeting with the residents of Newcastle and other parts of south Down to hear about the issues that matter to them. It is a great opportunity for them to challenge their elected representatives.”

At 7pm on Thursday evening, Lynda Bryans will chair a public meeting at the Newcastle Centre Auditorium, with a panel of local politicians and business leaders joining forces for a Question-Time style debate.

The panel includes Margaret Ritchie MP, chief executive of Finnebrogue, Denis Lynn, chairman of Down District council Eamon O’Neil, DUP councillor Jim Wells, and Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson.

Margaret Ritchie said: “The Roadshow will be a great opportunity not only for residents and visitors to Newcastle to raise issues, but it will also be a great opportunity for Belfast Telegraph readers to read about what Newcastle and South Down have to offer.”

Jim Wells said: “I’m looking forward to hearing the burning issues in south Down.

“The National park is a big issue, as is the fishing industry, the Ballynahinch bypass and Orange parades.

“Also, with the October 20 government cuts only a week away it will be interesting to hear what the people think.”

The remaining Tell Us About It Roadshows will be in Enniskillen on October 21, and Omagh on October 28, before finishing in Belfast in November.

Town’s chance to shine welcomed

Chairman of Down District council Eamon O’Neil has welcomed the Belfast Telegraph’s Tell Us About It roadshow to the Co Down town of Newcastle.

“Newcastle has had a lot of investment in the promenade and Main Street via the Streetscape project,” he said.

“This has been very successful and as a result, Newcastle has had as good year as one could expect. There have been lots of good events on over the summer, including the Red Arrows at the Harry Ferguson Festival of Flight, so it is very timely the Belfast Telegraph has decided to choose Newcastle as a venue for the roadshow.

“The roadshow provides an opportunity for people to see more of what Newcastle has to offer and show off the town.”

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