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All the fun of the fair in sun-kissed Ballycastle

Thousands of people in Ballycastle during the Auld Lammas Fair
Thousands of people in Ballycastle during the Auld Lammas Fair
Thousands of people in Ballycastle during the Auld Lammas Fair
Dan Hunter (4) walks his Shetland pony
Enjoying Ladies Day at Downpatrick races were Yasmin Graham, Nicola Montgomery and Lucy Stewart
Lauren Leckey, Sophie Murphy and Lauryn Heaney
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

Sunshine and the seaside provided the perfect ingredients as thousands flocked to the Auld Lammas Fair yesterday.

As temperatures soared so did the number of visitors lapping up the sights, sounds and family fun in Ballycastle.

Early indications are that the good weather saw visitor numbers to Northern Ireland's oldest fair rise as they arrived to sample the famed dulse seaweed and 'yellowman' candy.

Traditionally held on the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer, the fair had the north Antrim coastal town bustling with street trading, bargaining, traditional music, dancing, horse trading, artisan markets and the best in local food produce.

Dating back to the 17th century, it is believed to be the oldest fair throughout the whole of Ireland, and it will draw to a close tonight after four days of fabulous festivities.

Since the 1600s, horse traders have arrived in the town centre to buy and sell and this year was no exception as they returned to continue the fair's unbroken history.

More than 400 market stalls lined the streets selling handmade art, crafts and local produce.

The event, which traditionally marks the end of summer and the start of the harvest season, also included amusements, street entertainment and busking for the crowds to enjoy.

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