New lights are ‘amazing’, says councillor McAfee

IN THE MAIN. Some of the hundreds of people who turned out for the switch on make their way along Main St on Thursday night.INBM48-13 123SC.
IN THE MAIN. Some of the hundreds of people who turned out for the switch on make their way along Main St on Thursday night.INBM48-13 123SC.

Ballymoney councillor Roma McAfee has described the new Christmas lights in Ballymoney town centre as “amazing”.

Speaking after the switch-on event, she said: “It was great to chat to so many people and as a councillor I’ve always made an effort to be hands on and that’s why I put on a bib and helped with the stewarding and handed out the sweets to the children in the crowds. By mingling with the crowds I really got a sense of the excitement, especially when Santa arrived.

“The new lights look amazing and I’m proud to be part of the council who voted as a grouping to replace the old system. This time last year I seemed to be continuously contacting council officers reporting lights that weren’t working. Hopefully we won’t have any problems this year.

“I know there was a lot of discussion beforehand on who should turn on the lights however, some time ago I made a suggestion that the crowd themselves should decide through a cheerometer idea. Thankfully Santa came out on top.

“Also I hope the local shops got a boost. It certainly seemed that way as many were packed. As in previous years I would encourage people to shop local if at all possible. I know our town doesn’t have the big brand names of others however there are many great shops where many a great Christmas present can be got.

“Finally I would take this opportunity to thank the council staff and officers for all their hard work to make the evening such a success.”