ARDS Borough Councillor Joe Boyle has praised the young people in Portaferry for their approach, attitude and cooperation in assisting with the arrangements for the community Halloween events programme.
He said: “Last year I met with the young people over the building of Halloween bonfires in the community and discussed how we could do things better for the overall good with an increased safety aspect for everyone and a bigger single event that everyone could take ownership of.
“I have been really impressed by the input of the young people working alongside with the organisers of the community Halloween event and the Goods Relations Officer in Ards Borough Council, Jim Murdock.
“Ards Borough Council currently have a funded Bonfire Scheme in place, operating throughout the borough for organised and structured events in line with Council policy and criteria. As long as a constituted community grouping agrees to the criteria in place, and can produce documented receipts, regardless of the time of the year, these groupings can apply and are entitled to be considered for funding.
“It is great to have the young people in Portaferry on board with this event assisting with the community event with their energy, keenest and enthusiasm,” added Councillor Boyle.