Gobbins Cliff Path Open For Bookings

Gobbins Path
Gobbins Path

The Gobbins Cliff Path is now open for telephone bookings

Visitor booking has just opened for Mid and East Antrim Borough’s stunning tourist attraction, The Gobbins Cliff Path. The attraction offers guided access to the stunning bridges and paths that have been rebuilt on the Gobbins’ Cliffs in Islandmagee, County Antrim. Just 48 hours ahead of the public opening of the facility on Wednesday 19th August, a telephone booking facility has just gone live on 028 9337 2318 where staff are ready to welcome enquiries.

Gobbins entry
Gobbins entry

From noon on the 17th August 2015, bookings can be made by phone, direct to the Gobbins Visitor Centre. Tickets, which must be pre-booked, are priced at £8.50 per person, or £23 per family ticket.

Tours begin from the new Gobbins Visitor Centre which also offers an interpretation and exhibition area, tourist information point and a shop offering local crafts and branded memorabilia.

Visitors are transferred to the cliff path by minibus from the Visitor Centre and tours begin on the hour, from 10am to 3pm, daily.

The £7.5 million investment in reopening The Gobbins is expected to attract around 50,000 visitors annually.

Larne’s Dixon Park Gets Green Flag

Larne Dixon Park Gets Green Flag
Larne Dixon Park Gets Green Flag

Mayor praises parks’ staff and community supporters as Green flag raised over Larne’s Dixon Park

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council recently welcomed the quadruple award of a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ for all its entries in the UK-wide environmental scheme. Now Larne staff and community supporters have been praised for their efforts in achieving the prestigious accolade for Dixon Park.

The Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe, has personally met staff and volunteers to convey his appreciation. He is pictured here with Parks Manager Ben Simon, local residents including Ann Marshall, Chair of the Resident’s Association, and Alphonsus McIllwaine who maintains the site, as they prepare to fly the flag at the popular location.

Cllr Ashe said: “The hard work, professionalism and dedication of the staff – and supporters in the community – has paid off in the award of the Green flag.” The Mayor added: “This also visibly demonstrates to the local community and councillors that the sites are being well-managed for the benefit of the local community and local wildlife. We were awarded the Green Flag across Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead; Bashfordsland Wood/Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus, People’s Park, Ballymena  and of course, Dixon Park, Larne. “Dixon Park originally received the Green Flag in 2012, making it the first park in Mid and East Antrim Borough to have this award, and local parks staff and the Dixon Park Resident’s Association are keen that this beautiful community park continues to flourish and to be at the forefront of new developments. “The more Green Flag Awards a local authority has, the more it demonstrates best value for the council and the local community,” he said, adding that it is also a great attraction for tourism.

Larne Gyrocopter Pilot Lands Safely

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council assures Norman’s happy landing

Norman Surplus and family
Norman Surplus and family

It was many happy returns for round-the-world gyrocopter pilot and cancer fund-raiser, Norman Surplus yesterday evening when he landed back home in Larne. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council officials worked fast with very little notice to secure the landing field and ensure public safety as the Larne adventurer piloted his open-cockpit aircraft on the last leg of his epic circumnavigation of the world from Scotland to Sandy Bay on Tuesday evening.

He ended his trip on the same Council-owned playing field close to his family

Norman Surplus and his gyrocopter
Norman Surplus and his gyrocopter

home where his wife Celia originally saw him off, to be greeted on Tuesday by Celia, their son Felix and daughter Petra and many well-wishers. Mr Surplus declared: “There is hope after surgery and chemotherapy and it is a very personal journey I have been on but I have managed to involve the whole world.”

 

Council staff were only advised at the weekend that Norman would be returning ‘on Monday or Tuesday – or possibly Wednesday’ depending on the weather during the flight from The Faroe Islands to Scotland and on to Larne.

In the event, staff had the field safety secured and had appropriate levels of staff in attendance as scores of well-wishers turned out to greet Norman’s touchdown, with a large media presence including a live link to BBC Newsline Northern Ireland.