Drone event at Carrick family fun day

Carrickfergus town centre. Archive picture.
Carrickfergus town centre. Archive picture.

A family fun day event will take place on April 1 to mark the end of a town centre upgrade.

Carrickfergus Revitalise Scheme is scheduled for completion on March 31.

The fun day will be held from 1.00 pm until 5.00 pm.

Attractions will include a drone obstacle course, remote control car track, street entertainment and family activities.

The scheme included shop frontage improvements at 61 properties (including shop fronts replacements, painting works, new signage and replacement shutters.

Environmental improvements includes new litter bins, floral baskets, seating, flower towers and cycle parking bollards.

Marketing and promotion (including retailer’s app, branded merchandise, shopping bags and three marquees.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council was successful at attracting funding of £200,000 from the Department for Communities. Approval was given at the Economic Growth, Regeneration and Tourism Committee last June to “match fund” the project at a cost of £20,000.

Members of the Economic Growth and Tourism Committee have heard that the Department for Communities’ (DfC)revitalise schemes are aimed at making cosmetic enhancements to properties, fund events and funding marketing initiatives that are designed to “stimulate footfall in the town centre”.

The initiative has been rolled out in many towns across Northern Ireland.

Greenisland Revitalise Scheme will result in £17,000 investment to provide signage, painting, repairs and other upgrades.

Councillor Billy Ashe said: “This will improve the visual appearance of previously run-down properties.”