Ballymoney Chamber president, Winnie Mellett, has said that Thursday nights switch on and the Santa parade was one of the most successful’ switch-on events that the town has seen.
In a social media video posted on Friday afternoon, Winnie thanked the Causeway Coast and Glens events and estate’s team.
“The switch-on of the lights was one of the most successful that we have had, and I would like to say a massive thank you to the events team and the estate’s team from the council.
“The estate’s team were here from 6 a.m. making sure the lights and the music were right. The events team were working right up till late on Wednesday night, so I appreciate it.
In a break from tradition for the second year, the countdown and switch on was replaced by a cavalcade of Christmas themed vehicles, floats and characters, including Santa himself accompanied by Ballymoney Councillor Darryl Wilson.
Heading up the cavalcade was road racer Michael Dunlop.
“We started at the Joey Dunlop centre and came along the Garryduff Road where we had about 800 people. We came to the length of Supervalu (Trolans), and there were another 400 people. They were all spread out with the kids enjoying it, a really enjoyable atmosphere”, said Winnie.
“When we came into the town, about 2000 people had lined the roads from the Joey Dunlop Centre into Ballymoney.
“It was a fantastic night, the weather was great, and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.
Praising the success of this year’s event, Ms Mellett continued: “The reason Ballymoney had such a successful switch-on night is also down to the hard work of FUSE FM in conjunction with the Ballymoney chamber of commerce.
“All those events that are happening in and around the town from early on in the day to late at night, it’s all extra because Ballymoney puts a real effort into making switch on night special for everyone in the town. Kids were dancing and laughing, and it was so lovely to see that there.”
Hinting that plans for 2022 were already being discussed, Winifred concluded: “So from the bottom of my heart, thank you to the estate’s team, the events team, FUSE FM and the chamber members as well, who all work behind the scenes to make it a great success.”