HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Ballymoney to witness one of the best Mayor’s shows for a long time.
The Borough’s new first citizen, Councillor Evelyne Robinson, would have been delighted to note the large presence of entrants that paraded through the town on an afternoon when the weather was reasonably on the event.
A great deal of effort was clearly put in to making the floats eye-catching and everyone was highly impressed by them.
Cultural Services officer, Margaret Edgar, can also give herself a pat on the back for a job well done.
Margaret reported that they had 364 entries - a record and she suggested it showed people enjoyed taking part.
Unsurprisingly, the crowd was large - Ballymoney folks have a huge appetite for parades and the parade of floats, vintage tractors, bikes and old cars was a sight to behold.
The event began at the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre where a display of vehicles, statiionary engines, steam engines and trucks attracted much interest.
A request had gone out this year from the council for children to come dressed in their Jubilee hats and costumes to Castlecroft where popular DJ, Barry Thompson, provided the entertainment.
Norris Bradley who won first prize in the car category, getting the honour of driving the Mayor through the town at the head of the parade.
MAYOR’S SHOW RESULTS:
Cars Pre 1951
1st Norris Bradley, Coleraine 1921 Austin 20
2nd Andrew Dempsey, Bellaghy 1936 Austin 7
3rd David McKeown, Ballymoney 1948 SS Jaguar 1.5 litre Saloon
1st David Hughes, Ballymoney 1999 Rover Mini Cooper Sport
2nd Ken Wilson, Ballymena 1965 Ford Anglia
3rd Bertie Waide, Clough. 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II
Motorcycles Pre 1950
1st Christine Dixon, Portstewart 1950 Norton 16H
2nd Jim Scott, Coleraine 1927 Scott 2 Speeder
1st Jim Tweed, Ballymoney 1962 Velocette Viper
2nd Doreen Tweed, Ballymoney 1960 BSA A10
3rd David Forsyth, Ballymoney 1998 Yamaha FZS
Tractors Pre 1990
1st W J Knox, Ballymoney 1947 Farmhall H
2nd Thomas Alexander Hogg, Bendooragh 1964 Massey Ferguson 35X
3rd Desmond Smylie, Ballymoney 1957, Ford Major
1st Adrian Stewart, Broughshane 1936 Ruston
2nd James Dowey, Coleraine 1920 Blackstone Hot Bulb
3rd Adrian Stewart, Broughshane 1943 Twin Cylinder Lister 12HP
1st St James’s Presbyterian Youth Club
2nd Ballybogey Community Association
3rd Glebeside Community Association
1st Slimming World
2nd Samuel McMullan
3rd MMC Kitchens
1st R Barkley & Sons Ltd
3rd McBurney Transport