Halloween ‘spooktacular’ in Carrick thanks to £5k boost from Big Lottery Fund

Carrickfergus Town Centre Partnership's K Wilson (area rep); N Williams (chairman), with L Souter and N Anderson (area reps).  INCT 43-741-CON
Carrickfergus Town Centre Partnership's K Wilson (area rep); N Williams (chairman), with L Souter and N Anderson (area reps). INCT 43-741-CON

Carrickfergus town centre will get a spooky makeover this weekend thanks to a £5000 boost from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money was awarded to Carrickfergus Town Centre Partnership and will see the town’s retail heart come alive this Saturday with street entertainment, organised walks and more.

Partnership chairman, Noel Williams said: “We intend to make Halloween a really spooktacular time in the town with partners getting decorations for their businesses together with ‘trick or treats’ for children who come into the shops with their parents.”

Market Place area rep, Lisa Souter, added: “I encourage everyone to keep up to date with the Partnership Facebook page and to ‘Think Big by Shopping Small’, and by doing so be part of something local.”

Main events will be happening on Saturday, October 29 between 11am and 2pm; however, many businesses will be offering incentives to ‘shop small’ in the days leading up to Halloween weekend.

“We are thrilled to secure such a healthy funding stream and are determined to put it to excellent use, so that our community and businesses can have a mutually enjoyable shopping experience and have a good time while they are at it,” said CTCP treasurer, Jim Gilmour.

It is hoped that the major funding already secured by Mid and East Antrim Council for the Townscape Heritage Initiative, coupled with the Revitalise Scheme, will ‘lift’ the town cosmetically and enhance the trading offering for its inhabitants, said Noel.

“Right now we don’t want to miss a ‘trick’, so we hope a ‘treat’ is in store at Halloween and we can then look forward to successful run up to Christmas with further support from the council and its programme of Christmas activities,” he added.