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Ahoghill - the best of the best!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ahoghill - the best of the best! thumbnailJoe Mahon, Michelle Hatfield, and Doreen Muskett, present Ahoghill representative Trevor Logan of the Ahoghill Traders Association, with the ‘Best of the Best’ title at the NI Amenity Council Best Kept Awards. GB42555 p1

AHOGHILL has clinched the top prize in the 60th anniversary year of the Northern Ireland Best Kept City, Town and Village awards, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport.
The Co. Antrim village won the much-coveted 'Best of the Best' title at the awards ceremony in Belfast City Hall, with judges citing the evident enthusiasm of residents and traders working in tandem as a key factor in the success.
Ahoghill won the 'Large Village' category for the second year in a row, but went a step further this year to claim a first 'overall' accolade thanks to impressive special features such as the Community Garden and site of the Old Creamery.
It was a double celebration for Mid and East Antrim because Cullybackey took the runners-up spot in the large village category
Commending Cullybackey, the judges said: "There was a great effort displayed in the imaginative floral displays, especially the trailer on the approach road to the village from Ballymena - a fantastic community effort displayed by all involved."
Over 100 representatives from community organisations and local authorities gathered at the City Hall for the Best Kept Awards ceremony.
Organised by the NI Amenity Council, the initiative identifies and celebrates Northern Ireland's best looked-after towns, villages, schools, health and social care facilities and housing areas.
Doreen Muskett, President of the NI Amenity Council and daughter of the late Professor Arthur Muskett, who founded the initiative, said: "Ahoghill impressed our judges with a huge variety of floral decorations, with a lot of dedication and effort put into their maintenance.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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