Landmark building transformed by development grant

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 5th  December 2014. ''Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey, MLA, with proprietors Roy and Anne Shiels, at the official opening of Anne Shiels Jewellers in the centre of Ballymoney. ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 5th December 2014. ''Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey, MLA, with proprietors Roy and Anne Shiels, at the official opening of Anne Shiels Jewellers in the centre of Ballymoney. ''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

The restoration of a landmark building in Ballymoney has been praised by the social development minister as creating a “feel good factor” in the town.

Mervyn Storey has congratulated all those involved in the restoration of the once derelict corner building which now houses Anne Shiels Jewellers.

“I would like to pay tribute to all those involved in restoring this landmark building which sits at the heart of Ballymoney, and in particular to Roy and Anne Shiels for making a significant personal contribution to the revitalisation by bringing their business to the local people,” Mr Storey said.

A £75,000 urban development grant from the DSD – used for promoting job creation by developing derelict or under-used land or buildings in priority areas – assisted the project.