Portadown’s revamped Shillington’s Quay has been reopened at a cost of £413,000.
It was unveiled by Lord Mayor Darren Causby, who took to the water in a sleek speedboat to set it all afloat.
The project, funded by the EU East Border Region and Craigavon Borough Council is part of a programme of substantial improvements earmarked for Portadown, which has completely revived the area with the installation of new paths, lighting and landscaping.
A spokesperson for the Eastern Region said, “The installation of a new, innovative floating pontoon means that access to the River Bann for locals, visitors and business users, has been greatly improved.”
As Lord Mayor Causby skimmed along the water, he admired the modern amenities and contrasted them with the original purpose of the quay. During the halcyon days of the Newry Canal, it was a true industrial port, with lighters sailing up from Newry with coal and industrial goods.