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Newtownabbey gears up for this year’s Ballyclare May Fair


This year’s Ballyclare May Fair is packed with a range of activities to suit everyone

This year’s Ballyclare May Fair is packed with a range of activities to suit everyone

This year’s Ballyclare May Fair is packed with a range of activities to suit everyone

There is something for Newtownabbey kids of all ages at the May Fair this year.

Tiny tots will love the Teddy Bears’ Picnic in War Memorial Park on Tuesday, May 25.

Bonnie Babies will want to get to the town hall early on Wednesday, May 26 for the annual Bonnie Baby competition.

For older children, Sixmile Water Park will be alive with preparations for the May Fair Parade on Saturday, May 29, from 10am.

Anyone wishing to make final preparations for the parade can get their face painted or make something to wear in the parade in the arts and crafts tent. Also that day, action lovers will burn off their energy on the bungee jumpers, bouncy castles, sumo suits, gladiator duels and party slides.

And from 3pm, the sound of drums will echo through the park when The Gathering Drum will have even the non-musical among us beat in time to the rhythm.

Traditionalists will be flocking to hear Trevor Dixon entertain the crowds on May Fair day from 7pm with a performance in the Square.

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But the May Fair is coming right up to date this year with performances from some of the most popular and current tribute acts celebrating Lady Ga Ga and Pink in the Ballyclare Town Hall Car Park on Saturday, May 29 from 7pm.

Country & Western fans won’t be able to stop their toes tapping at the Country Jamboree on Thursday, May 27 in the Town Hall. Compered by John Cooke, with music by Sierra, it promises to be a great night.

One of the highlights this year is expected to be the Hannah Montana and High School Musical Tribute concert in the Sixmile Leisure Centre from 2.30pm.

Bring your cheerleading outfits to sing and dance along to your favourite songs from the hit musicals at the Sixmile Leisure Centre on Saturday, May 29. And don’t forget that these concerts are all free to attend, so why not try something different this May Fair.

And don’t forget the amusements will be in the Square and Sixmile Leisure Centre all week — with the traditional half price rides on offer on Wednesday, May 26.

Also that day a Heritage Day will take place in War Memorial Park on May Fair day when popular TV chef Jenny Bristow will be cooking up some traditional nifty nosh with a modern twist from 3pm.

You will also have a chance to see the traditional crafts of pole turning, basket weaving and blacksmithing or taste the traditional local produce made by Asher’s Bakery.

There will be bargains galore at the May Fair this year. The traditional stalls will be in the Square on May Fair Day and Saturday, May 29, adding to the atmosphere in the town centre.

The hugely popular Continental Market returns to the grounds of the Town Hall on May Fair day. Tastebuds will be well and truly tantalised with all manner of exotic foods, including handcrafted cheeses, fresh breads and buns, crepes and hot food. And a range of local and world crafts will be on offer, so make sure to stock up on presents.

Newtownabbey Borough Council would like to thank everyone who has organised, taken part in or sponsored events at the May Fair this year.

All the programme information can be downloaded from the website — www.ballyclaremayfair.com and programmes will also be available from the Town Hall.

For more information you can also call the council on 9034 000.

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