Tourist News - 25/04/2000
Ferry service shall operate this summer - claim
Last year it had been decided to end the
Ballycastle - Campbeltown ferry service to the disappointment of tourists and
locals alike. Offering an alternate more scenic route between Scotland and
Ireland the ferry service it was claimed was not commercially viable and would
cross for the last time at the end of last summer.
Lammas Fair changes
Recommendations from the Lammas Fair
working group have been made to cease the Street Entertainer competition that
runs over the two days of the fair due to the proliferation
of 'amplified musicians'. They also felt that the prize money
would be much better spent financing professional street artists such as puppeteers.
After some debate however it was decided by the council 8-3 that the motion be
denied at present.
EU peace money for Rathlin Island
Rathlin has received a financial boost of £17,000 from the Rural Development Council through the EU Peace and Reconciliation Programme. The money will be used directly to improve and introduce new skills to the residents in the how of culling the exodus of young people from the island. The island that is visited by about 10,000 tourists yearly will introduce woodturning, silversmithing, spinning and weaving. Plans to introduce hill walking, cycling, rock climbing, water-skiing and windsurfing are afoot as we speak.