‘A Taste of Italy’ on offer from Ballymoney’s shops

Town traders, Muriel Gomez, Mark Steen and Hiliary-Ann Christie show their support for 'A Taste of Italy' to celebrate the arrival of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday along with Liz Johnston, Corporate Services Officer for Ballymoney Borough Council and the Chamber of Commerce President, Winnie Mellett.
Town traders, Muriel Gomez, Mark Steen and Hiliary-Ann Christie show their support for 'A Taste of Italy' to celebrate the arrival of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday along with Liz Johnston, Corporate Services Officer for Ballymoney Borough Council and the Chamber of Commerce President, Winnie Mellett.

Traders in Ballymoney have been urged to support plans for ‘A Taste of Italy’ to celebrate the Giro d’Italia bike race.

Chamber of Commerce President, Winnie Mellett, said it was a case of ‘Ready, Steady, Pink’ as she and Council Head of Corporate Services, Liz Johnston, launched the event along with three town traders last week.

Leona McHenry gets to grip with a pink tractor in Ballintoy.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Leona McHenry gets to grip with a pink tractor in Ballintoy.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

The campaign starts with a pre-race Pink Disco Party at the Diamond on Saturday and there has been a call to shops and eateries to offer the best of Italian cuisine and culture, fashion and flair, fragrances and accessories in the coming days.

Encouraging local people to get in the pink spirit the Chamber President put out a call to shoppers and shop staff to “dress code Pink, make it memorable, be eye catching, turn heads and attract cameras”.

Speaking ahead of the main event Alderman Bill Kennedy, Chair of Development Committee and President of Armoy Motor Cycle Club said: “Final preparations are in hand for the Ballymoney welcome.

“Council are preparing to festoon the key points along the Ballymoney route with pink bunting, balloons and other pink features, while the shops, cafes and pubs line up the pink with window boxes, window displays featuring famous Italians, embracing Italian culture and celebrating good food.

Pink cones and ice-cream from Ann McLaughlins of Sam's Paper Shop in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Pink cones and ice-cream from Ann McLaughlins of Sam's Paper Shop in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

“I am delighted the race is coming to our doorstep and we look forward to welcoming the world’s top cyclists, their support teams, TV crews and international media, to the home of road racing motorcycling legends”.

Two hundred elite cyclists from across the globe start on the slipways of the Titanic this Friday and will pedal their way to Ballymoney, arriving 11-12.30 on Saturday before travelling to Bushmills, Ballycastle through the beautiful Glens Of Antrim and Causeway Coastal Route back to Belfast.

In the Pink is Valerie Woods of Valu Style in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

In the Pink is Valerie Woods of Valu Style in Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

One for the album at Ballintoy.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

One for the album at Ballintoy.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Painting a Causeway Stone pink is Charles Kirkpatrick at  McBrides Tavern Bed and Breakfast  outside Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Painting a Causeway Stone pink is Charles Kirkpatrick at McBrides Tavern Bed and Breakfast outside Bushmills.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Gavin Greer has a cuppa at The Tea Room in Ballintoy.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

Gavin Greer has a cuppa at The Tea Room in Ballintoy.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.