Sun set to shine for big day

Country Comes To Town
Country Comes To Town

Final preparations are being made for heritage day - the main day of Country Comes to Town - tomorrow (Saturday) and the weather is set fair!

The town will be closed off to traffic, apart from the vintage vehicles, and instead, will be given over to all things country.

For the children, there will be bouncy castles and trampolines in Church Street, Mickey Marley’s Roundabout for tiny tots in Mandeville Street and roundabouts and slides at High Street Mall.

The age-old tradition of threshing will be demonstrated at the junction of Mandeville Street/West Street and again at Woodhouse Street.

The library in Church Street has a perfect children’s show for autumn; Mr Hullabaloo’s Happy Halloween Show brings to life harvest tales full of pumpkins and scarecrows and starts at 11am.

Niall Cowan’s model farm with full action characters - always a big attraction - will be located beside Boots, while more than 300 vintage cars, vans, motor-cycles, lorries and agricultural machinery will be on display throughout the town.

A steam traction show in the town centre will include a ‘proper’ vintage steam roller and tar boiler.

For those who remember proper country butter, try Abernethy’s famous butter or Susan Murphy’s country butter, both situated up near St. Mark’s Church, with freshly dug Mayo potatoes and a good helping of fresh mackerel or freshly baked bread.

Refreshments will also be available at Armagh Road Presbyterian Church Hall, and across town there will be a wide range of crafts.