Broughshane wins, Ahoghill is runner up in ‘Best kept’ competition

Pictured (l-r) Doreen Muskett MBE, Leonard Fenton, Joe Mahon, Betty Millar Broughshane Improvement Committee, Minister Mark H Durkan, Peter Millar Broughshane Improvement Committee and Lesley McAllister, Open+Direct Insurance Ballymena branch.
Pictured (l-r) Doreen Muskett MBE, Leonard Fenton, Joe Mahon, Betty Millar Broughshane Improvement Committee, Minister Mark H Durkan, Peter Millar Broughshane Improvement Committee and Lesley McAllister, Open+Direct Insurance Ballymena branch.

After beating off stiff competition from villages across the province, Broughshane has been named winner of the ‘Best Kept’ Large Village award at this year’s Open + Direct Insurance ‘Best Kept’ Town and Village Awards.

Following this fantastic win, they will now progress to the final of the All-Ireland Tidy Towns competition.

Pictured (l-r) Billy Kyle, Doreen Muskett MBE, Joe Mahon, Wallace Elder, Minister Mark H Durkan, Stephen Daye Mid & East Antrim Borough Counci and Lesley McAllister, Open+Direct Ballymena branch.

Pictured (l-r) Billy Kyle, Doreen Muskett MBE, Joe Mahon, Wallace Elder, Minister Mark H Durkan, Stephen Daye Mid & East Antrim Borough Counci and Lesley McAllister, Open+Direct Ballymena branch.

Ahoghill was named as runner-up in the same category.

The awards, which are run by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC), recognise those towns, villages and housing areas which demonstrate great pride in their area by going the extra mile with efforts to create well maintained, clean and beautiful communities in which to live and work.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of the NIAC said: “Congratulations to Broughshane and Ahoghill on their achievements. The Best Kept Awards have been existence since 1957 and are now very firmly established as one of the ultimate accolades for towns and villages across Northern Ireland, so the people of Broughshane and Ahoghill can be rightly proud.”

John Laverty, Retail Network Manager from Open+Direct Insurance added: “As proud sponsors of the Best Kept Awards I would like to extend my congratulations to all involved on their fantastic achievement. I would like to wish Broughshane luck as they progress into the final of All-Ireland Tidy Towns.”