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'Busier than The Open' after rush to resorts on north coast

North coast's buzz returns as locals flock to the seaside

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Portrush beach

Portrush beach

A busy street in Portstewart yesterday

A busy street in Portstewart yesterday

Alice Rohdich

Alice Rohdich

Hanna Nackni and Siobhan Farthing

Hanna Nackni and Siobhan Farthing

;Ann Lamont

;Ann Lamont

Visitors enjoy a walk in Portrush

Visitors enjoy a walk in Portrush

Ice cream in Portstewart

Ice cream in Portstewart

Portrush beach

It's called the jewel of the north coast, but this summer it looked like it would be left on the shelf to gather dust instead of being placed on display for all to enjoy.

Just at a time when Portrush was primed to cash in on the exposure from The Open Golf Championship, which drew thousands from around the world to the North Atlantic Way this time last year, lockdown threatened to destroy the summer season.

A multi-million pound spruce-up ahead of last year's golfing spectacle helped the resort look the best it had in a long time. This year, though, there was a real threat of 'The Port' being the town that was all dressed up with nowhere to go.