Picture special: Slemish climbers in focus

A group of local climbers ready for the ascent of Slemish Mountain on St Paddy's Day.. INBT 13-817H
A group of local climbers ready for the ascent of Slemish Mountain on St Paddy's Day.. INBT 13-817H

Hundreds of people from throughout the Mid & East Antrim Borough and beyond headed for Slemish Mountain on Thursday for the traditional climb.

The many who made it to the top were rewarded with spectular views on what was a fabulous day, weather-wise.

"Nelly" and Oisin Duffin who climbed Slemish mountain. INBT 13-814H

"Nelly" and Oisin Duffin who climbed Slemish mountain. INBT 13-814H

Raceview Mill in nearby Broughshane was the hub for the traditional entertainment event on the day, with storytelling, traditional music and children’s entertainment among the attractions laid on for walkers en route to or returning from Slemish.

And the borough Council provided a park and ride facility for ease of access to the 3,000 visitors who, it was predicted, would take part.

At Slemish Mountain on St Patrick's Day were members of the Armagh Ramblers. INBT 13-812H

At Slemish Mountain on St Patrick's Day were members of the Armagh Ramblers. INBT 13-812H

The McBride family ready for a St Patrick's Day climb. INBT 13-815H

The McBride family ready for a St Patrick's Day climb. INBT 13-815H

The O'Neill family were ready to take on Slemish Mountain on Thursday for St Patrick's Day.. INBT 13-816H

The O'Neill family were ready to take on Slemish Mountain on Thursday for St Patrick's Day.. INBT 13-816H

CouncillorTimothy Gaston with his "I climbed Slemish" certificate. INBT 13-813H

CouncillorTimothy Gaston with his "I climbed Slemish" certificate. INBT 13-813H

James, Zara and Fiona Bothwell look forward to the St Patrick's day climb. INBT 13-818H

James, Zara and Fiona Bothwell look forward to the St Patrick's day climb. INBT 13-818H

Troy, Sarah, Bethany and Liam who travelled to Slemish for the St Patrick's Day climb on Thursday. INBT 13-819H

Troy, Sarah, Bethany and Liam who travelled to Slemish for the St Patrick's Day climb on Thursday. INBT 13-819H

Naomi Lee and Sara Gardner who climbed Slemish on St Patrick's Day. INBT 13-821H

Naomi Lee and Sara Gardner who climbed Slemish on St Patrick's Day. INBT 13-821H

Helen Mulholland and Diarmuid and Dominic were smiling after their climb of St Patrick's mountain. INBT 13-820H

Helen Mulholland and Diarmuid and Dominic were smiling after their climb of St Patrick's mountain. INBT 13-820H

Ryan, Finn and Trevor Harkin enjoy a burger after their climb at Slemish Mountain. INBT 13-823H

Ryan, Finn and Trevor Harkin enjoy a burger after their climb at Slemish Mountain. INBT 13-823H