Ballymoney Chamber President Winnifred Mellett has called on her fellow traders to ‘Ready, Steady PINK’ as she revealed the town’s plans for ‘A Taste of Italy’, kicking off with a pre race Pink Disco Party at the Diamond on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm.
Mrs Mellett has also called on shops and eateries to offer the best of Italian cuisine and culture, fashion and flair, fragrances and accessories amid the atmosphere to get everyone in the pink in the run up to the big race day the following Saturday.
Encouraging local people to get in the pink spirit the Chamber President put out a call to shoppers and shop staff: “dress code Pink, make it memorable, be eye catching, turn heads and attract cameras”.
Mrs Mellett announced a special visit of a huge five metre inflatable Freddie to Castlecroft Square in Main Street, on his pre-tour of the race route venues, providing unique photo opportunities for local shoppers and visitors who might also be lucky to get special giveaways from Freddie.”
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 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.
“ I am delighted the race is coming to our doorstep and we look forward to welcoming the worlds 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 will start on the slipways of the Titanic on Friday, May 9 and pedal their way to Ballymoney, arriving 11-12.30 on the Saturday before travelling to Bushmills, Ballycastle through the beautiful Glens Of Antrim and Causeway Coastal Route back to Belfast.