This was probably the worst kept secret, but I had kept it off the page until it had went to the council vote. However, the Portrush Airshow is to return, rebranded as the ‘ International Causeway Airshow’ from 2022
.Green light for ‘International Causeway Airshow’
A majority of Councillors backed DUP’s Aaron Callan proposal this evening calling for the bi-annual event starting next year with 24 votes for, 15 against. The motion read:
“That this Council would develop a new International Causeway Airshow for 2022 to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and explore holding the event every 2 years from 2022. We should make this a key regional event not just for the Borough but for Northern Ireland and therefore explore working in partnership with key partners like the Northern Ireland Office, Ministry of Defence, Department for the Economy, Invest NI and Tourism NI. A project Board involving elected members of no more of 6 by d’hondt should be set up to shape and develop this event along with experts and other key stakeholders.”
The motion was seconded by Councillor John McAuley and supported by Alderman Norman Hillis, Councillor Angela Mulholland, Councillor William McCandless, Councillor Russell Watton and Councillor Chris McCaw.
The item of business was debated for at least an hour with Sinn Féin’s Councillor Oliver McMullan proposing an amendment which was defeated to allow ‘council time to have a more in-depth look at Tourism and money to be spent equally throughout the Borough’, 15 votes for, 24 against. Portrush Air Waves event was called off early last year after having its funding withdrawn as Council at the time looked to slash its £68.7m debt.Further info to follow tomorrow.
The UK will celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch with a blockbuster weekend of celebrations.The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone.
This historic event will reflect on Her Majesty’s reign and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952.Activity will build across 2022 in the run-up to the four day weekend, when the eyes of the world will turn to the UK.