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Glen’s World Record Attempt

Win Tickets to see Uncle Hugo


Platinum Hair Salon Opens for business


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This year's Christmas Switch-On at Lagan Valley Island was attended by thousands of residents

Boyzone Star Visits Lisburn Boyzone’s Shane Lynch, who is currently on tour celebrating twenty years of Boyzone popped up in Lisburn recently. Shane paid a visit to Savers in the Bow Street Mall to meet fans and promote his debut fragrance LYNCH!

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£7.8million for local Presentation of ‘Getting to Know Your road improvements Institutions’ Course Certificates

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has set out Roads Service’s progress on investment totalling £7.8million for road improvement and maintenance schemes in the Lisburn City Council area this year.

The Minister said: “A wide range of road improvement and maintenance schemes is planned or already complete in the Lisburn City Council area. “Schemes completed include extensive carriageway resurfacing for Dromara Village with both phases one and two of these works now finalised. Resurfacing schemes at Prince William Road roundabouts and both carriageway and footway resurfacing works at Warren Gardens are now concluded. Additional major resurfacing schemes are currently underway with works at Culcavy Road in progress. “The autumn round of Council meetings is a timely opportunity for Councils to discuss potential schemes and priorities,” said Danny Kennedy.

At the meeting, Deputy Divisional Roads Manager, Roy Spiers highlighted a number of improvement and maintenance schemes currently planned or progressed. Roy Spiers welcomed expenditure on structural maintenance which had allowed the Division to deliver many needed projects including over 9.1km of carriageway resurfacing incorporating works completed at Glenavy Road, Station Road from Haddockstown to North Street and Belsize Road. Moreover ongoing resurfacing schemes including Comber Road and Ballymacash Road are in progress with further works programmed for Seymour Street/Queens Road, Ventnor Park and Hillview Avenue.  

Roy Spiers said: “I am pleased to note the recent completion of the minor works scheme on the A26 Moira Road which provides a right turn pocket for vehicles turning right from the A26 into Main Street, Glenavy.

Participants from the ‘Getting to Know Your Institutions’ Course were recently presented with their certificates by Vice-Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Councillor Alan Carlisle.

In addition, a Safer Routes to School Scheme has been The participants are pictured completed at Largymore with their certificates along with Lisburn City Council’s Good Primary School, Lisburn.”

Relations Officer, David Mitchell.  The





Community Network’s Rural Enabler Programme in partnership with Lisburn City Council’s Good Relations Programme which receives financial support from the OFMDFM, aims to make people more aware of institutions such as the Orange Order, Gaelic Athletic Association, the four main traditional Christian Churches, Ancient Order of Hibernians and

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Another six-week ‘Getting to Know your Institutions’ Course will run from Tuesday 22nd January 2014.  If you are interested in attending please contact David Mitchell, Good Relations Officer, Lisburn City Council on Tel: 028 9250 9492 or email: david.

A BIG Thank You from Hearing Dogs

Lisburn Hearing Centre in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Lagan Valley have had another successful year collecting stamps for The Hearing Dogs Charity.

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David Parkinson of the Lisburn Hearing Centre would like to say a BIG Thank You to all the readers for donating your used postage stamps over the year for the Hearing Dogs Charity.


Now, as Christmas is fast approaching it is a great time to save your USED STAMPS.

The Housing Executive is urging householders in Northern Ireland to take simple steps to avoid burst pipes and “Don’t Freeze Up This Winter”.


Bands etc. 

Stamps are becoming rarer and harder to collect so each donation is more valuable to the Hearing Dogs Charity!

For more information log on to David Parkinson from Lisburn Hearing Centre says thanks for all the stamps donated to Hearing Dogs this year.

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Latest range of Digital Hearing Aids David Parkinson RHAD MSHAA

MR David Parkinson RHAD MSHAA, has helped thousands of people over the past 13 years. FREE Hearing Checks are now available from Lisburn’s First Independent Hearing Aid Centre, located at 15 Bachelors Walk, just 50 metres from Lisburn Railway Station. “I have found support to the hearing aid user is as important as the technology of the hearing aid itself.  Hearing aids fitted well, benefit everyone in your life and you feel so much more confident and part of things again.  I look forward to helping you,” says Mr Parkinson Whether you need advice on hearing aids, repairs or hearing aids replacments, or this might be the first time you have made enquiries about your hearing. Call Lisburn Hearing Centre for a supportive professional caring service. As an independent supplier Lisburn Hearing Centre can offer most leading makes and tailor them to your personal requirements giving you support and after care to enable you to have the very best hearing for

your life.


How Lisburn Hearing Centre can help

We offer top quality products such as CCN’s Proflex, Proflex Passive, Elactiner, Micro Monitor Classic and MicroMonitor Flex.

Ear Wax Removal We will carry out a thorough investigation to see if you require ear wax to be removed. If you do our staff are fully trained and the procedure is often carried out the same day. We will not syringe if you have perforated eardrums or are under medical care for your ears.

Hearing Aid Advice Let us help by addresseding your Ears, Hearing and Needs. We will talk about budgets and and then tailor an option to best suit you. Having dealt with literally thousands of people we can usually give you the very best. We can offer the very latest, top-of-the-range systems or the simplest one, ensuring we give the best quality across all budgets.

Hearing Protection Long-term exposure to repeated loud noise such as Music, Shooting and work-related environments can cause severe damage and hearing loss if not protected against, we can help you find the right solution to help protect your hearing for the

We offer full after care for these products, outstanding perfection allowing you to carry on with desired interest safe in the kowledge of you receiving the very best protection for the long term. Again we offer a tailored and personal service.

Servicing Your Hearing Aids The best way we have found to support our clients is to have an open door policy, so if you need help or support just pop-in, call us or post your hearing aids in and we will let let you know quickly what needs to be done. We also see you as a matter of course at least once a year to check your ears, your devices and make adjustments if we agree they are needed. This sevice is free. We recommend you take advnatge of it to give you the very best of hearing. Contact the Lisburn Hearing Centre Helpline on 028 9264 0302 or visit

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Benefit Uptake Programme Pilot to be Extended in Lisburn City

Hot on the heels of its award-winning success, the Benefit Uptake Programme Roll-out, initiated by Lisburn City Council with the Department for Social Development's Improving Benefit Uptake Team, held Information Sessions for local residents at Lagan Valley Island recently. The Benefit Uptake Programme was developed by Alderman William Leathem, former Mayor of Lisburn City Council and Councillor Uel Mackin, the Chairman of the Council's Planning Committee. The project was spearheaded for the Downshire electoral area as a pilot programme. Its objective was to encourage people entitled to benefits to claim them. Alderman Leathem and Councillor Mackin were singled out for a Local Government Award for this initiative earlier in the year. Alderman Leathem said: "The Benefit Uptake Programme has been a runaway success and is now being rolled out by the DSD across all other electoral areas, as well as continuing in Downshire.

We are really pleased with the way the residents of the City's areas have embraced the programme. "We felt an Information Session was required so that organisations that have contributed to the Benefit Uptake Programme could come along to share experiences and provide insight into particular elements of the initiative. I'm delighted that so many people attended last week's session because it shows the high interest in the Programme and how prevalent the desire to help people is," he added. Councillor Mackin said: "The uniqueness of this programme is the involvement of community. It is a scheme that highlights the availability financial benefits to the community by the community, namely churches, church groups, faith groups and community. We would like to thank the DSD's Community Outreach Officer who has worked in the Lisburn area in conjunction Pictured l-r are: Simon Stuart, Pauline Corscadden and Peter McNally, Improving Benefit Uptake Team (DSD); Peter is also the Community Outreach Officer these groups to provide for the Lisburn area; The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton; Councillor Uel Mackin, Chairman of the Council’s Planning Committee and Alderman William educational awareness on this Leathem, former Mayor of Lisburn City Council. subject. groups who have so willingly to the Chief Executive's Office assistance in this project," he held over two days and saw been involved"."Both Alderman and its Equality Officer, Mr said. community, faith and church I also express my thanks to the Leathem and myself are grateful Stephen Malcolm, for all his The Information Sessions were representatives attend.

Santa at the Museum

Santa has now arrived in Lisburn to set up his Magical Grotto in the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum in Market Square and will be there until Christmas Eve.  He will be delighted to meet all who come to see him between 11.00am and 4.30pm on weekdays and on Saturdays.

This year Santa is helping the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, to raise donations for her official Mayoral Charity, the Diabetes Unit at the Lagan Valley Hospital and though visiting him is always free, all who do are encouraged to donate to this important fund.

Promoting Santa’s Grotto at the Museum are Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee; Santa Claus and the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton.

The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, said:  “Christmas is such a special time of the year and our Santa’s Grotto at the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum is always extremely popular. “No matter how great or small a donation, all monies raised at Santa’s Grotto will go directly to the local Diabetes Unit at the Lagan Valley Hospital to

benefit people who suffer with diabetes.” The Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: ‘I hope all children across the City can take the opportunity to visit Santa in the Museum.  The Grotto has been specially opened for the greater Lisburn community and having had a sneak preview it looks fantastic.  I hope all our young people and their families have a very Happy Christmas.” Schools and other group bookings will be welcomed but to ensure Santa knows you are coming please ring the Museum on Tel: 028 9266 3377 in advance.

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Fine for skip hire 2014 Lisburn Visitor Guide Launched company owner

A Lisburn skip hire company owner has been made the subject of a £166,000 confiscation order at Belfast Crown Court.

Mr Sean McStravick (60) of Rusheyhill Road Lisburn, the Director of Colinglen Contractors Limited, operating at Colinglen Road, Dunmurry, had previously been convicted for a number of waste offences in November 2012 and sentenced in February 2013. The Confiscation Order was taken by the Northern Ireland

Environment Agency (NIEA) under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The offences related to the unauthorised storage and treatment of household and commercial waste at a Unit in Kilwee industrial Estate, Belfast, between March and September 2009 and at Colinglen Road, Belfast between December 2010 and September 2011. At the same Court Mr McStravick’s Company, Colinglen Contractors Limited, was also fined a total of £8,000 under Article 4 of the Waste & Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 for the same offences.

Lisburn Parking System – Five Years On

By Samantha Gregory

It has been over five years since the parking system complete with parking meters and traffic wardens came to Lisburn. There have been problems from the outset with many residents complaining that there is no leeway with traffic wardens and they feel they have to rush back to their cars. It was originally introduced in a bid to do the following: Increase efficiency and effectiveness of the existing onstreet parking spaces in the main shopping areas; Reduce congestion; Provide better opportunities for delivery vehicles to find a space that is convenient to the store they are delivering to; Short stays by vehicles which means more spaces available; What it created was a system that has ultimately put off a great many people from shopping in Lisburn at all, while the rest must constantly watch the clock so they don’t get ticketed. Shaun Fitzsimmons said, “They’re a joke. You always have to rush back to your car and you have no time to shop. If you are even two minutes late, a traffic warden is there with a ticket.” Many people are put off by this and are leaving their car at home,

which has been praised as being good for the environment. However it is not so easy for some people, Anne, a local hairdresser, said, “I have no choice when it comes to bringing my car as I live in Banbridge. I used to park outside when I went into work but now you are only allowed to park up to an hour. Now I park wherever I can find a space.”

On hand at World Travel Market to launch the 2014 Lisburn Visitor Guide are from left, Joe Hughes, Visit Belfast, Judith Cassidy, Tourism Ireland, Vice-Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Alderman Jim Dillon, Lisburn City Council, Sara Graham, Visit Belfast, and Councillor Roy Young, Lisburn City

Lisburn City Council recently attended the World Travel Market in London to launch Businesses are also being affected its 2014 Lisburn Visitor Guide in Railway Street, Castle Street, and Visitor Map. 

Bridge Street and Market Square. World Travel Market is the largest A local resident said, business to business travel expo in Europe with Lisburn participating “The new system has affected the through its membership of Visit Belfast customers the most. Paying for car – the Greater Belfast Regional Tourism parking is just another form of tax Partnership.  At this show, regions are represented from around the globe all as far as I am concerned. They are effectively closing off with the opportunity to do business and explore new markets. the city centre to drivers.” The traffic wardens seem to be a major cause for concern with On hand to launch the new Visitor Guide in London was Vice Chairman of most people as they seem to be the Council’s Economic Development issuing tickets over the slightest Committee, Alderman Jim Dillon, and infraction. Economic Development Committee Glenn Donan said, “The traffic member, Councillor Roy Young.  wardens have no respect. They are Alderman Jim Dillon said:  “It gives intimidating people. All they have me great pleasure to officially launch to do is stand at the end of the the 2014 Lisburn Visitor Guide and street and drivers who are about to Visitor Map.  Tourism continues to bring substantial economic benefits to the City stop will drive away.” of Lisburn by way of increased bednights, trips and tourism revenue.” If the Council has noticed any loss in revenue for local businesses “With an extensive portfolio of events, then they have themselves to increased interest in the array of blame. They need to address the attractions and growing accommodation main problems at hand and take a stock levels, Lisburn now has lots to shout about.  What better place to launch public vote on the matter. Most people resent having to pay the new Visitor Guide then World Travel to park for a few minutes and Market, London where so many new would like a system similar to opportunities exist. Evidence on the interest shown in Northern Ireland is on other towns where drivers are able a wave and it is great to see the efforts to park their car for up to half an from our colleagues in Visit Belfast.” hour without paying. Drop into you local Tourist Information Centre at Lisburn Square or Hillsborough Less and less drivers are coming Courthouse to pick up your copy of the into town unless it is a necessity 2014 Lisburn Visitor Guide or take a and if something is not done soon, look at for more then Lisburn could end up a ghost information on things to do and see around Lisburn. town.

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Style House now open in the Riverside Centre, Lisburn

The newly refurbished 10000sqft showroom prides itself as being ‘the home of quality furniture’ with an extensive range of Fabric and Leather sofas, beds, bedroom furniture, tables and chairs, occasional furniture, rugs, lamps and much more. Many items are available for immediate delivery.

Style House is owned by Andrea Harper and managed by Pamela Ferguson. Pamela has been working in Furniture Retail for 20 years and has a vast knowledge of the furniture business. Style House also offer an Interior Design Service to help you make your room/house a haven

for relaxation and enjoyment without you having all the work to do. Tell Style House your vision and let them create it for you. Visit Style House at The Riverside Centre, Young Street, Lisburn, BT27 5EA or call 02892 665387.

Style House also have a number of Take Me Home Christmas offers available now such as.....

-Was £ only £298 - Bunk beds were £629... Now only £419

- A wide range of sofas and chairs available in store now

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Local Female Entrepreneur takes a Snip at Lisburn Opportunity! Platinum Hair Salon, has officially opened its doors on Bachelors Walk with the help of Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council's Economic Development Committee. Proprietor Jenny Dalzell who has been hairdressing for 17 years opted to base her new salon in Lisburn as many of her existing customers are based locally, and she felt it offered great opportunities to expand and grow her customer base. Having also worked in numerous salons in Lisburn and living here all her life, Jenny felt now was the right time to open her own business. Jenny Dalzell commented: "Platinum hair salon aims to offer a warm and welcoming environment and we will go the extra mile for all of our clients. We have a great team at Platinum Hair and pride ourselves on "Quality Hairdressing at Affordable Prices" we feel that everyone has the right to a bit of quality me time. I am confident that this is only the beginning for Platinum Hair Salon, we

have some great events planned already for 2014 including a Local Free Bridal Show and our own Summer Collection of photographs so watch this space. She added: "As a working Mum of two, owning and running my own salon offered the most flexible solution for her to help with the work life balance, a challenge which many working mothers can relate to. I have found the advice and support on offer from the Council's Economic Development Unit to be first class, and would strongly urge any business setting up in Lisburn to make the Council your first point of contact for support.' Platinum Hair Salon, offers two businesses in one, a fully equipped hair salon downstairs, whilst also offering Jem Stone Beauty, beautician services upstairs, in their recently refurbished premises right in the heart of the City Centre. Alderman Allan Ewart said: "I'm always delighted to see a new business starting up in the City of Lisburn and I would commend this young business woman for her entrepreneurial spirit, particularly in the

Pictured (l-r) are: Jenny Dalzell, Carol Ringland, Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee, Councillor Jenny Palmer and Rachel McCallister.

current challenging economic climate. Lisburn City Council firmly supports new business development within the City,

and I am especially delighted to see investment from a female entrepreneur. On behalf of the Economic Development

Committee I wish Platinum Hair Salon all the best as they launch this innovative enterprise and I look forward to

welcoming Jenny Dalzell to the next InterAct, Lisburn Female Entrepreneur Network event in January 2014."

"Lisburn Community Self Build provides such a valuable contribution to society; successfully coaching and training young people in construction skills and is a very valuable resource within our community."

international basis, where the development of and tangible benefits to a liveable community underpin the Criteria.   Civic pride, innovation, meaningful partnerships and community engagement are benefits accrued by participating in the LivCom awards process.

Pride of Place Celebrations for Lisburn Alderman Paul Porter was thrilled with the award and said:  "This award exemplifies a demonstratable pride of place in the community by Lisburn Community Self Build.  Skills are expanded, volunteering is encouraged, confidence and self-worth are increased and benefits are provided to the organisation, the people it works with and pride has been brought to Lisburn City.

Lisburn City Council was delighted to see Lisburn Community Self Build receive the top prize in the Pride of Place Enterprise and Youth Project category, at the Pride of Place Awards, that were held recently. The Mayor of Lisburn City Council, Councillor Margaret

Tolerton and Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, attended the event in the Venue, Londonderry, and praised Lisburn Community Self Build's fantastic achievement. Mr Adrian Bird accepted the award on behalf of Lisburn Community Self Build.   He said:  "I'm thrilled and delighted to see that all our hard work has culminated on our receiving the

Pride of Place Enterprise and Youth Project award in the cities categories of this prestigious competition. "We work as a team and always strive to do our utmost through our youth-focused mentoring, training, educational and volunteering work.  I would like to thank everyone who supported us in this fantastic result; the team is only as good

as our newest member so we must be doing the right things!" The Mayor said:   "This Enterprise and Youth Project took the top prize at the 2013 Pride of Place awards in the Enterprise and Youth Project Category and we are absolutely delighted with Lisburn Community Self Build's success.   I wish to extend my warmest congratulations to the organisation.

"We are also pleased that Lisburn Community Circus was nominated in the awards, under the Community Arts Category, it deserves a special mention because it is one of the most groundbreaking local Lisburn youth arts groups and we are very proud Lisburn Community Circus was nominated in the Pride of Place Awards." On the night Lisburn was also nominated by the Pride of Place organisers for a European award.  This is as a LivCom nominee, for cities, on an

The Council will determine how to proceed in line with its nomination.   Alderman Paul Porter said:   "Our City Status and our designation as a European City of Sport this year has placed Lisburn firmly on the European awards map. "The LivCom nomination is all about liveable communities.   There is little doubt that Lisburn has a thriving community that does so much good work and we are delighted to work in partnerships as a City Council with scores of community and statutory organisations, volunteering groups, churches, clubs and youth groups. "We look forward to best assessing our progression for the LivCom Awards and are very proud to be nominated.  As they say, watch this space!", he concluded.

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Lagan Valley Lit Lisburn Council announces £1.28 up Blue for World million for Business Development Diabetes Day

a bespoke package of support which will focus on their individual requirements and upon building local business capability. Alderman Allan Ewart said: "This funding injection into the Lisburn economy represents a real opportunity for local businesses to access specialist support, which will help take their business to the next level.  

Pictured (l-r) are Hilda Francey, Specialist Diabetes Nurse; Alderman William Leathem, the Mayor of Lisburn City Council, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and Councillor Pat Catney, Chairman of the Council’s Corporate Services Committee.

The landmark Lagan Valley Island building lit up blue recently to promote World Diabetes Day. The marking of this Day held special significance for the Mayor of Lisburn City Council, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, as her official Mayoral Charity is the local Diabetes Unit, based at the Lagan Valley Hospital. The Mayor was joined by Specialist Diabetes Nurse at the Lagan Valley Hospital, Hilda Francey; the Chairman of the Council's Corporate Services Committee, Councillor Pat Catney and Alderman William Leathem to mark World Diabetes Day. "I was delighted to mark World Diabetes Day and this particularly resonated with us," said the Mayor. "I chose the Diabetes Unit at the Lagan Valley Hospital as my Mayoral Charity. I am aware of the enormous pressures on people who suffer from Diabetes and the condition affects all parts of your life. I have been a diabetes sufferer since I was 7 years old. Diabetes is a growing problem

in society and brings huge challenges to sufferers of this condition; as well as significant pressures on the Lagan Valley Hospital. "Hilda Francey is a specialist nurse at the Unit and the care she and her team provide to patients in this very busy clinic is absolutely first-rate. We want to raise funds for purchasing essential diagnostic equipment and hope World Diabetes Day stands as a reminder about my charity work and that it strikes a chord with people in Lisburn as funds raised will go directly towards helping people in the City area." Councillor Pat Catney said: "I'm delighted to support the Mayor and her endeavours and would offer my praises to the specialist team at the Lagan Valley Diabetes Unit who provide such important work in this community and who help so many people." Further information on Diabetes can be found on www.diabetes. If you would like to donate to the Mayor's Charity or get involved in fund-raising please contact the Mayor's Secretary by telephoning 028 9250 9331.

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Pictured l-r are: Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Council’s Economic Development Committee; ames Boomer, Future Access Technologies; Moira Loughran and Gren Armstrong, Invest NI.

The Chairman of the Council's Economic Development Committee, Alderman Allan Ewart, has announced that a range of business development programmes for local businesses will be funded and delivered by the Council over the next few years worth £1.28m.   These programmes are aimed at improving local business competitiveness and will be open for applications from local businesses right up to June 2015. This project is part financed by Invest

Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. The business development programmes include information seminars, workshops and networking events, direct one to one business mentoring, sales development, marketing & branding, innovation and R&D activities, support to access new international markets, procurement and employment advice.   A key feature of the support on offer is how it can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual business, so they can benefit from

"The Council has made the local economy a key priority and as can be seen from the amount of funding devoted to these new programmes, this is our most ambitious programme of business development activity to date, with the scope to support up to 500 local companies. In the current economic climate businesses can't afford to stand still and I would urge local businesses to contact our Economic Development Unit to find out how we can help maximise their business performance," he said. Gren Armstrong, Invest NI's Regional Manager said: "These business development programmes will provide businesses in the Lisburn area with opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills. I want to encourage as many businesses as possible to take advantage of the support on offer to help boost their company's performance." For further information please contact the Council's Economic Development Manager Hazel King on 028 9250 9484 or by email at 

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Lisburn News Continued from Front Cover

Lisburn Christmas lights switch on The audience saw a festive lighted chandelier hung over the site, giant inflatables at the Queen's Road entrance, the building was washed in a variety of festive colours and a traditional Lantern Parade featuring local schoolchildren from six local primary schools paraded in the Island's grounds. The Council's Marketing Unit worked with the schools to organise creative lantern-making workshops for the event. The children were able to keep their creations afterwards. The evening saw a visit from Santa Claus, who travelled specially to the venue in his custom-made sleigh to wish the boys and girls a very Happy Christmas. Pete Snodden was Master of Ceremonies for the evening and Seymour Hill Primary School provided musical entertainment with their specially arranged Christmas Carols. The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, addressed the audience on the evening and said: "I was absolutely delighted to see so many of our residents attend the Christmas Switch-On. I would like to say how impressed I was to hear the fabulous signing from Seymour Hill Primary School. "Special thanks must also go to SERC's performing arts students who came as Sugar Fairies and Christmas Elves and who performed a wonderful version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on stage. They put a huge amount of preparation into the event and the college is to be congratulated. Our Christmas Switch-On Event Organisers hope to build on this valuable and creative relationship with the college for future years' events. "The fireworks display was magnificent and brought the evening to a fabulous close. This is the first time we have had fireworks at Lagan Valley Island and the fireworks display against this backdrop was amazing. I was delighted to see so many children enjoying the evening and there was plenty of entertainment, things to look at and enjoy." Large-scale Christmas characters included a Jack Frost, the Grinch, a White Fairy, the Cuddly Snowman and Rudolph, artistic carnival creations of Wee Willie Winkie and the imposing Snow Queen and her attendants. A stilt-walking Samba Band played festive music and a fire-whip performer created amazing shadows and shapes to entertain the audience.

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The Snow Queen, one of the participants in the Candle-Lit Lantern Parade at the Lisburn City Council Christmas Switch-On.

The fireworks display at Lisburn City Council’s Christmas Switch-On.

Jack Frost, bringing in the festive season at Lisburn City Council’s Christmas Switch-On at Lagan Valley Island.

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Aghalee News

80th Anniversary of Aghalee Village Hall An evening reception hosted by the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, was held recently to mark the 80th Anniversary of Aghalee Village Hall. It was attended by past and present members of Aghalee Village Hall Committee.

The Mayor welcomed all those attending and praised the Village Hall Committee for its remarkable record of service which stretches back to 1933 when the Hall was first opened. She said: “The community spirit in the City is strong and I am delighted that former members of the committee, as well as current ones are here together. This is a very significant anniversary and I commend everyone who contributes to the work that goes on in the Aghalee Village

Committee.” In response the Chairman of the Village Hall Committee, David Twigg, drew attention to the Hall’s vital role in the community and its many achievements, including, in 2005, winning a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Alderman Paul Porter, the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, gave tribute to the Hall Committee’s history of service and the fact that it was the longest established voluntary management committee working in Lisburn. He praised it for its long tradition of good financial and organisation management. He said: “Aghalee Village Hall Committee has provided a wonderful model of excellence over the years and in this, the 80th anniversary of the Hall’s opening, especially deserves public appreciation for its tremendous service to the community.”

Members and invited guests who celebrated the 80th Anniversary of Aghalee Village Hall along with the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee.

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Moira News

Skilled Car Servicing in Moira

Exhausts, Vehicle Repairs. Located close to Moira railway station, Moira Motors is ideal for clients who wish to drop their cars in before leaving for work. Moira Motors promise highly competitive prices and focus on providing customers with an outstanding standard of customer care in addition to the high quality work that is carried out on their vehicles.

Have you been searching for a company that is able to carry out professional car servicing in Moira?

such as MOT testing, vehicle repairs, car servicing as well as engine diagnostics. They are also registered with the DVLA to supply and fit number plates.

Moira Motors is the ideal company to come to as this family run business has 20 years of experience in the motoring industry and work hard to provide you with a first class service each and every time. Based in Moira town centre, Moira Motors carry out both domestic and contract work if and when required. They offer a wide range of services

So if you’re looking for a company that can carry out high quality engine diagnostics then you really have come to the right place. Moira Motors fully qualified mechanics can always offer excellent advice and answer any questions that you may have. Some of the great services on offer include: Car Servicing, Engine Diagnostics, MOTs and PSVs, Brakes and Clutches, Shock Absorbers,

Tiny Life, Northern Ireland's premature baby charity is hosting its annual Festive Fundraiser - TinyLife Reindeer Walk on Saturday 14th December 2013 from 10.30 am - 12.30 pm in Lurgan Park, Lurgan.

Families will have the chance to search for Santa' s elves as they undertake this festive sponsored walk.  Hear a story from Mrs Claus, visit Santa and win prizes in the raffle and much more.  Entry fee £3.50 per child - adults come along free. Each family is

The team at Moira Motors are more than happy to look at all types of vehicles and the engine diagnostic specialist is particularly skilled with European vehicles. As a locally run garage, Hugh Magill and his team pride themselves on high quality customer relations and are more than confident to solve your motoring needs. Moira Motors are open Monday - Friday from 8am to 5pm. So for quality MOTs, vehicle repairs, specialist engine diagnostics or any other first rate services call upon the experts at Moira Motors. Call now on 02892 619 124, or visit Moira Motors at 37a Main Street, Moira.

Reindeer Walk for Tiny Life

asked to raise a minimum of £15 sponsorship. There will be a prize for the person bringing the most sponsorship along on the day. Book your place today visit www.reindeerwalk.eventbrite.

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Crumlin News

Randox signs five-year Crumlin Christmas Fair £1.2m health trust deal CRUMLIN Diagnostics firm Randox has signed a five-year contract worth £1.2 million to supply quality control products to the health trusts across Northern Ireland.

It means that routine patient blood tests carried out in any NHS hospital or clinic in the north will be quality assured by Randox products developed and manufactured in Crumlin . Randox said the products are widely considered to be the most accurate quality controls available globally. Health minister Edwin Poots said the deal highlighted Northern Ireland's biotechnology sector as "worldclass and a growing contributor to the local economy". He said it was "a further example of the positive mutual benefits to health and the economy that can result from partnership working between

government and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. I am keen to continue this work to ensure that we can continue to grow our pharmaceutical and biotechnology capacity in Northern Ireland".

Steven Jordan, global manager, Randox Quality Control said: "Randox's reputation as a leader in diagnostics is recognised across the world. We are a ground-breaking biotechnology company, committed to revolutionising healthcare and diagnostics at a global level. We are delighted

that the people of Northern Ireland will now be able to benefit from this level of global expertise, ensuring more accurate and reliable diagnosis and improving the health outlook for all."

Crumlin Community Centre was a bustling hive of stalls, crafts, computers and cooking recently at the 12 'DIY' Days Of Christmas Fair. This was the first event organised as part of the Antrim Borough Council Volunteer Facilitator Programme. Crumlin residents of all ages

enjoyed displays of arts, crafts and cooking. The children had a special Kid's Craft Corner whilst mum and dads had a go at activities including flower arranging and a quick chat about how to save money over the expensive festive period. It was also a great opportunity to meet with the local groups from the area, find out what they do and how people can get involved.

Fiona Kidd, of Antrim Borough Council said, “It was fantastic to see a variety of people and groups come together and enjoy learning about volunteering. I would like to thank Crumlin Oil Club, Crumlin Flower Club, Camlin Credit Union, QUB Origami Club, Tesco Crumlin Community Champion and Northern Regional College's Living and Learning Programme for making this event possible”.

The annual Antrim IAAF International Cross Country event will take place on the slightly earlier than usual date of Saturday 4th January 2014 Once again the event will encompass the NI & Ulster Senior Cross Country Championships. This great all-round event is a key fixture in both the British Athletics Cross Challenge Series and the Athletics NI Cross Country League. Awarded one of only 12 IAAF World Cross Country permits the event is the highlight of the Cross Country calendar in Northern Ireland. A number of top class UK and Irish athletes are expected to confirm their attendance over the coming weeks in addition to the international athletes already committed. Organised by Athletics Northern Ireland and supported by Antrim Borough Council and Sport Northern Ireland, the races will be held in the picturesque surrounds of CAFRE at

Greenmount Campus in Antrim. $15,000 prize money is once again on offer, with $7500 for each of the men’s and women’s races. Annadale Striders’ athlete, Ryan McDermott joined Alderman Sam Dunlop, Chair of Antrim Borough Council’s Development and Leisure Committee and Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of Sport Northern Ireland to launch the 2014 event. Alderman Sam Dunlop said: “Antrim Borough Council is proud to support this prestigious event, which will no doubt contribute significantly to the Borough, particularly with the inclusion this year of the Celtic Cross Country Championships.”

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Belfast News

Malone College Pupil’s Art & Design Success

Malone Integrated College pupil Hayley Gaskin in year 11, has made both her art teacher, Mrs Fleming and Malone College extremely proud of her after receiving an A* grade in GCSE Art & Design. This places her first in Northern Ireland in CCEA’s GCSE Art & Design examination, topping the growing success of previous years in Malone College.

Royal Ulster Winter Fair The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s 28th Royal Ulster Winter Fair will be held on 12th December in the King’s Hall, Belfast.

This event offers visitors an opportunity to see the highest quality of livestock competing throughout the day for the

coveted title of Supreme Champion while offering the opportunity to interact with almost 200 dairy related trade

exhibitors.   Colin McDonald, RUAS Chief Executive, welcomed guests to the launch and highlighted the success of the event demonstrated by its continued growth. “This year the Winter Fair has increased in size by over 20%, a similar increase to last year. The success of the event from

an agri-business perspective is evident when you take into account the list of exhibitors returning year on year.    We are very pleased to welcome a number of new machinery exhibitors including W A C McCandless and Weidemann Ireland and returning exhibitors such as Kubota.” The Winter Fair will take place

at the King’s Hall on December 12th from 9am to 5pm. Admission for adults £10, 12 – 18yrs £8, seniors (over 65) £8, under 12’s free when accompanied by an adult and RUAS members are free of charge.

Dunmurry woman convicted

A woman has been convicted at Belfast Crown Court for claiming benefits she was not entitled to. Pauline McCaughley (45) of Old Colin, Dunmurray claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £36,996 while failing to declare capital. She was given an 18 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Discounted rates are available Miss McCaughley is also required to online at repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Social Security uk. 

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Five people The population is projected to reach convicted 1.9million by 2020, according to new figures released by the Statistics and Research Agency Five people have been convicted at Belfast Magistrates Court for claiming benefits they were not entitled The figures show that the population is expected to. to increase due to more births than deaths. Over the next decade, the population is set to increase Aileen Stirling (51) of Kirn Park Street, Belfast claimed Jobseekers Allowance by 10,000 each year due to natural growth and Housing Benefit totalling £2,516 (24,000 births and 14,000 deaths annually). while failing to declare employment. She was fined £250 and ordered to pay court costs of £36.

Johnathan Millar (28) of Hydepark Manor, Newtownabbey claimed Income Support and Carers Allowance totalling £5,888 while failing to declare employment. He was fined £400 and ordered to pay court costs of £46.

In the next five years, migration is expected to remove 3,000 people from the population.

This is in contrast to 2004-8 when migration added 32,000 to the population, however

Samuel McManus (39) of Henderson Avenue, Belfast was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £44 for wrongful encashment of Income Support totalling £162. All are also required to repay any outstanding money wrongfully obtained to the Social Security Agency.

Four women convicted

Four women have been convicted at Belfast Crown Court for claiming benefits they were not entitled to. Carol Watson (51) of Mount Vernon Drive, Belfast claimed Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Carers Allowance, Jobseekers Allowance and Housing Benefit totalling £24,628 while failing to declare employment. She was given a 15 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The projections show a large increase in the number of older people. Numbers of those aged 65 and over are projected to increase by a quarter in ten years

(2012-2022), from 273,000 to 344,000. The oldest old, aged 85 and over, are projected to rise by nearly 50% from 33,000 to 48,000. Over the decade (2012-2022), the number of children, aged under 16, is projected to rise by 5% - 382,000 to 401,000. The

population aged 16 to 64 will remain around 1,174,000. The Northern Ireland population reached 1.80million in 2010, stood at 1.82million in 2012, and is projected to reach 1.90million in 2020. Over the longer term, the population is projected to reach 2million by 2036.

Life’s better with Translink’s ‘12 Christmas Crackers’ Fashion Fix

Want to stay on trend but don’t want to break the bank? Translink passengers can benefit from 15% off at DV8 upon production of a valid bus and rail ticket up until 24th December, so keep an eye out for any of DV8’s 29 stores across Northern Ireland.

Elizabeth Preston (62) of Dhu Varren Crescent, Belfast claimed Income Support, Incapacity Benefit and Housing Benefit totalling £2,969 while failing to declare employment. She was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £70. Claire Fullerton (32) of Trainfield Street, Belfast claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £925 while failing to declare employment. She was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay court costs of £43.

since then emigration has risen and immigration fallen.

Skating Spectacular Get your skates on and hit the ice as Belfast’s Winter Wonderland, the city’s first outdoor skating rink, comes to Translink’s Danielle Beswick’s is joined by Santa’s little helpers l-r Lorcán Custom House Square. Wrap and Harvey Fitzsimons to launch Translink’s ‘Life’s Better’ roadshow up warm and enjoy some encouraging more people in Northern Ireland to enjoy the benefits of quality family fun on the flying passenger transport. There will be 46 days of activity at 25 locations and carousel, Santa’s teacups or visitors will be invited to use a special Translink interactive App to find attempt to perfect renditions of about the best bus and train services, special offers and tickets to suit their Disney on Ice. Take advantage travel needs. of the Metro family ticket for sample the Spanish paella, just £9 available every Monday With so much to do tuck into a Bratwurst sausage until Sunday from Saturday 21 around the festive or simply soak up the vibrant December to Sunday 5 January period; from the hustle and bustle of Christmas atmosphere at the City Hall.  2014 (inclusive). You can take advantage of shopping, to catching the Love Metro Saturdays £2 DayLink to Titanic Belfast or up with friends and (adult) day ticket available after the Ulster Museum loved ones or keeping 9.30am – 3pm every Saturday the kids entertained throughout December. Ever wondered what it would

whilst they’re off school, you could be left feeling as burnt out as a Christmas turkey by the time Advent is over.  Happily though Translink have some cracking Christmas offers that will help you save money and help make your life better this Christmas.

Carol Crawford (57) of Crimea Street, Belfast claimed Income Support and Housing Benefit totalling £17,468 while failing to declare capital. She was given an 18 month prison sentence suspended Here’s a selection of some for three years. great value travel offers and Lucinda Black (55) of Beersbridge suggestions on possible places Road, Belfast claimed Income Support, of interest to help you get Incapacity Benefit and Housing Benefit ‘cracking’ this Christmas! totalling £59,957 while failing to declare   employment. She was given a 21 month Indulge in European Culinary prison sentence suspended for three Delights years. Anne Marie Mahon (60) of Cliftonville Road, Belfast claimed Income Support With the return of the Christmas and Housing Benefit totalling £29,769 Continental Market why not while failing to declare capital. She was take a trip into Belfast City given a two year conditional discharge. Centre to sample some of the All will have to repay any outstanding European culinary delights on money wrongfully obtained to the Social offer?  Sip on hot chocolate, Security Agency.

Hassle-Free Shopping Trips Jewellery for her, a rugby top for him - with so many presents to buy why not take a trip to your local city or retail centre for all your Christmas shopping essentials?  With free Park and Ride services passengers can benefit from easy access to city centres and take the hassle out of shopping.  Services are available from Cairnshill, Black’s Road, Northside and Eastside all serving Belfast City Centre and other sites serving Newry (from Newry Train Station), Lisburn (Sprucefield) and Derry~Londonderry (Drumahoe P&R).  Free park and ride services operate after 4.30pm Monday to Friday from 2nd until 23 December in line with late night shopping and all day every Saturday from now until 28th December. 

be like to be onboard the Titanic as it set sail or come face to face with a dinosaur?  The Daylink travel card offers flexible, unlimited 1, 5 or 10 days travel on bus services in Greater Belfast and it’s a cheaper way to travel for those making just two bus journeys a day within Metro’s city or extended zones (compared to paying for two cash fares).  Every Saturday until 28 December, customers on board the bus can also topup a full day’s travel for just £2 (normally £3.50 or £3 after 9.30am). Big Christmas Movie Gather up your little elves and get into the Christmas spirit by simply hopping on the bus or train to your local cinema and make the most of the friends and family ticket for just £20 which offers unlimited travel for two adults and up to four children from Saturday 21 December

to Sunday 5 January. Catch one of the many new releases out in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Christmas Lights Tour

Why not take a day trip and enjoy a festive fun-filled day out by visiting the range of Christmas trees which are already lit up around towns and cities across Northern Ireland. Make the most of your day out and take some time for lunch or even enjoy some retail therapy. Hop on one of the Ulsterbus, Goldline or Metro services after 9.15am using the £9 bus rambler day ticket, available each Sunday and every day from Saturday 21 December – Sunday 5 January 2014 inclusive. Once Upon a Christmas – W5 Enjoy a family day with a new Christmas experience as W5 brings storybook fantasies to life with ‘Once Upon a Christmas.’ Visitors can stroll through a magical square filled with fairytale and storybook characters, meeting and greeting as they go along (pre booking essential). Take advantage of 1/3 off day return tickets after 9.30am and hop on one of the train services to Titanic Belfast. For further information visit .  You can also write an online review of your day out as all our trains are Wifi enabled. There’s no place like....... Bangor! One of Translink’s Ambassadors and Bangor resident, Cool FM’s Pete Snodden, is planning on taking advantage of a 1/3 off day return tickets on Ulsterbus Services to and from his home town.  “There’s so much happening in Bangor over the festive period; from a fireworks display followed by the Christmas Lights being switched on; to a magical lantern walk and traditional craft fairs, markets and music,

there’s something for everyone in Bangor this Christmas, concluded Pete.”  Day tickets are also available for unlimited travel on Ulsterbus Town/City Services, price for adults is £2.50 or children £1.25. Oh come all ye faithful there’s room for you all

On each Saturday before Christmas (7th, 14th and 21st December) all train services from Portadown, Lurgan, Moira and Lisburn will operate as express services to Belfast. With more express services operating in both directions between Belfast and Lisburn,  if you’re looking for even more retail therapy without stopping along the way then why not try any of these services? Go further afield – enjoy a Dublin Day Who doesn’t enjoy a seasonal trip to Dublin, especially with a Christmas Wonderland taking place from 6th December where families can enjoy a veritable feast of entertainment?  Or for those romantic couples who want to enjoy a drink as they walk along the Liffey, Enterprise Web Fares are available to book online from £10 and of course passengers can take advantage of the free Wifi on board.  Park and Ride from Larne Travel by coach from Larne to Belfast with 1/3 off day return tickets Monday – Sunday after 9.30am on the 256 Goldline service or why not Park and Ride from Millbrook – coach travel offers free wifi, convenience and free parking. There is also a special late night Goldine 256 Christmas special service from Belfast leaving at 11pm operating from 23 Nov – 28 Dec. For full details about Translink’s special offers visit

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Belfast News

Unlikely troubles victim launches book

Author Jayne Olorunda

An unlikely victim of the Northern Ireland Troubles has launched a heart-breaking book about how her family lived with and continue to live with the aftermath of her father's tragic death. Jayne Olorunda, 34, from Belfast was just two years old when her father, Nigerian born, Max Olorunda was killed by an IRA incendiary bomb which detonated prematurely in Dunmurry aboard a train from Ballymena to Belfast in January 1980. Jayne said: "My Dad was originally from Lagos, Nigeria and was here working for an accountancy firm after having graduated in accountancy. He met and married my mum and had my sisters and me.  "He was on an audit in Ballymena and not being familiar with the town took the train. On his return journey a bomb exploded and killed Dad plus two others, one being the bomber the other a school boy.   "Dad came from the other side of the world and hadn't intended on staying in Belfast but was working towards his chartered accountancy qualification here.  "When that was completed he and my Mum planned on leaving Northern Ireland. Dad was the first civilian from Africa and only Nigerian to have been murdered here and as such my family are

the only mixed race victims." Since the death of her father Jayne and her family have been forced to overcome the devastating effects of losing an innocent loved one while struggling to battle racism, poverty and grief. Speaking about the book and it's contents Jayne said: "Growing up I realised our story was different and as I got older I wanted people to know, I wanted people to know what we had to go through and I wanted to ask questions. "I quickly realised the only way to do this was to write it down.  I can't believe I'm at the point now where I can hold it in a book and know that other people can read it and understand some of what we had to endure as a family. "I really hope it helps people to see that although Northern Ireland is emerging from it's troubled past that the 'Legacy' lives on and in some cases has tragic and devastating effects. In Jayne's book she recounts the very personal story of her mother Gabrielle's deteriorating health, how they eventually met the "man who murdered" her father, how Gabrielle ended up believing her family was under the spell of a Nigerian voodoo curse and Jayne's own struggle as a mixed race catholic child who "never really fitted in anywhere". Jayne added: "Racism has been a huge factor in my life and even occurred towards my parents

before I was born.  "In the book I recount a story my mum told me.  The incident happened when she was carrying my sister was told 'how dare you bring another black b*****d into the world'.  "As I grew up I got sick of being told 'go back home' and being asked 'where were you from before here', people just wouldn't believe I was born in Northern Ireland." Throughout the book Jayne also asks questions as to what is really being done to support and help survivors and victims of the Northern Ireland Troubles, pointing the finger at those she believes are responsible for the terrible treatment her family received by statutory bodies and government representatives. "I see no evidence of any tangible help for Northern Ireland victims” said Jayne, adding: “In my opinion no-one is out there to treat post-traumatic stress, noone is there to prevent families falling into the abyss that mine fell into. Above all no one is there to help the children of the struggle. "Money allocated to victims would be better spent on training doctors, medical staff, government institutions and private institutions. “No one should have suffered like my Mum and mechanisms should be put in place to ensure such suffering like the troubles is a thing of the past.” Legacy by Jayne Olorunda is now available to buy on Amazon and Lulu.

Gabrielle and Max Olorunda

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The magic of Belfast Christmas Market So, it’s that time of year again when we all head to Belfast to get stuck into a Zebra, Ostrich or Kangaroo burger washed down by a few pints of some rather tasty German Beer! Yes, The Belfast Christmas Market at City Hall is back and as always you can enjoy a fantastic range of food, beverages, crafts on offer from across Europe and beyond. This year there are 16 brand new traders for you to visit (and 15 local stalls).  You can browse a selection of handbags, satchels, socks, hats and gloves, wooden toys, essential oils, crystals, hand-painted pottery and Christmas decorations, a very special Christmas jumper and much more!

Broadcasters Robin Elliott & George Ellis. Go retro and get a special photo taken with your family or friends in a snowy, festive scene and visit Santa in his grotto. Santa’s Grotto opening times: Mon - Tue 11.30am - 5pm Wed 2pm - 5pm Thu - Fri: 2pm - 7pm

Market Manager Norman Cotton chats to the Market Traders.

Astra McNicholl and her husband from the Itty Bitty Book Co

Sat: 12 noon - 6pm Sun: 1pm - 6pm. And if you post Santa a letter in his post box (in the grounds of the Belfast Christmas Market) by 18 December, you’ll receive a letter from him!

Food & Drink Highlights Include:

Bratwurst sausages and German beers, warming gluhwein, liqueur coffees, gourmet burgers, Spanish paella, toasted baguettes, waffles, crêpes and Dutch pancakes, cakes, fudge and sweets, Continental and Irish cheeses, exotic meats from around the world.

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you are looking for an unusual Christmas gift then you are bound to find something among the great selection of gifts and crafts, including: leather handbags, purses and wallets Gifts & Other Items: Iffrom France, candles, jewellery, ‘smellies’ from Provence, natural carved wooden furniture, statues, figurines from Kenya, pashminas and scarves.

The Belfast Christmas Market is open daily until Sunday December 22nd.

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Weird News from around the World Sprout-powered Christmas tree lights - LONDON

Scientists have created the first ever Brussels sprout-powered battery - and used it to light up an 8ft Christmas tree. The Sprout Battery was launched on the Southbank,

London, with the help of pupils from the City of London Academy, who were on hand to switch on the Christmas tree lights.

Brussels Sprouts at Christmas should end. The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair created the battery to show sprout-haters an alternative way to enjoy the vegetable at Christmas. Copper and Zinc electrodes were placed in each Brussels sprout to create a chemical reaction between the electrodes, generating a current.

The power source may come as a relief to children after a poll found 67% of them thought the tradition of eating

The power is then stored in a capacitor and released through 100 high efficiency LEDs.

The Big Bang scientists are able to monitor the voltage on a separate display, which shows how much energy is being produced. Paul Jackson, CEO of EngineeringUK, said: "We want young people to think about STEM subjects in an interesting way and are always looking for different ways to do that. "It being the festive time of year - and kids' dislike of sprouts being well documented - using them to create a battery seemed like a unique way to achieve that aim." The Big Bang Fair takes place at The NEC, Birmingham, on 13-16 March 2014.

Santa arrested for 'pinching elf's bum' MASSACHUSETTS A shopping centre Santa has been arrested in the US - after allegedly pinching the bottom of an elf.

Invisible Girlfriend promises to provide "believable virtual and real world proof" that you have a partner. It provides phone calls, voicemails, random gifts and finally, the coup de grâce - a Facebook relationship.

The man was arrested after the female elf made a complaint to police that she had been assaulted by Father Christmas.

Pricing for the service is on a month-by-month basis ranging from a budget £6.20 for the 'just talking' package to a pricey £49.99 for the 'almost engaged' one.

She claimed to police that the 62-year-old man, who was playing Santa at the Hanover Mall in Massachusetts, then told her he wished he was younger.

"We're giving them a better story to tell, even if the story isn't true," creator Matt Homann told the Riverfront Times.

The allegations are reminiscent of the 2003 Christmas black comedy film Bad Santa, starring Billy Bob Thornton.

The world's most boring calendar? - BIRMINGHAM

Man makes VW Beetle - out of wood - BOSNIA A company which specialises in boring calendars admits it may have gone too far with one featuring the telephone boxes of Wales.

But the accused Santa, who has a real-life bushy white beard, denies touching the woman, a statement from his employers Cherry Hill Photo said. A spokesperson told CBS that a full background report had been carried out and Santa had never been arrested or convicted before.

A retired Volkswagen worker has carved himself a unique VW Beetle - out of wood. Momir Bojic made everything from the bonnet to the gearstick in his garden workshop - with help from understanding wife Nada. The couple created wooden pedals, wheel caps, bumpers, signal lamps, tail-lights, wipers, door mirrors, steering wheel, parcel shelf,

dashboard, clock and even the radio aerial. The bodywork features thousands of thumbnailsized, finely sliced sections of oak designed to replicate the wooden-tiled roofs of Mr Bojic's homeland of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each tile involved a process involving no less than 23 separate procedures, including cutting, chamfering, bevelling, drilling and smoothing, before they could be applied to the vehicle. Mr Bojic, who worked at

a Volkswagen Transporter manufacturing plant in Hanover, spotted the 1975 Beetle for sale at a fair and got a metalwork company to take off the roof, doors and strip the chassis. He said: "I told my wife Nada that I was none too sure exactly what I was going to do with this addition to the household, but whatever decision I came to it would be something original and worthwhile." The painstaking task to transform the VW took 18 months, with the determined couple working morning,

He has been charged with indecent noon and night in order to get assault - and he's due in court on Christmas Eve. it finished. Mr Bojic, who is in his 60s, said: "I was intending to undertake the task by myself, but after my wife saw the amount of effort involved she felt I was crazy to try and do it all on my own."

Invisible Girlfriend app launched for singletons ST LOUIS

A new app has been launched And he is already planning his to help confirmed singletons next project, adding: "I've an convince friends and families that idea in mind; something along they really have a partner. the lines of a sporty looking car with dual rocket-style It is aimed at people who are in pods and, of course, trimmed no rush to settle down but want to throughout with thousands of keep prying family and friends at pieces of wood." bay.

Kevin Beresford, the man behind the unlikely hit Roundabouts of Great Britain 2012, has failed to sell a single copy of his new venture. But eeven he admits that the Fast Disappearing Red Telephone Boxes of Wales 2014 is "naff, nerdy and boring". Mr Beresford, of Redditch near Birmingham, said: "We now feel the need to confess and state, we may have crossed a boring bridge too far. "But, are we not all fed up with David Beckham, six-pack firemen, Lady Ga-Ga, One Direction and dare I say Cliff Richard? "We have created a calendar that is considered to be so hum-drum, so naff, so nerdy, so dull, so parochial that not even the most patriotic Welsh person wants to buy a copy. "In short we have not sold one calendar and we are past midNovember in the shopping run up

If you have any more weird stories from around the world and would like to share them with us please email us at

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Weird News from around the World to Christmas."

For the couple who do everything together BURNLEY A Burnley company is hoping to double the appeal of the onesie with an outfit for two called the 'twinsie'. The Original Factory Shop's invention has three legs, four arms, two hoods and costs ÂŁ50, reports the Daily Mail. The unusual garment is available in light grey, navy blue and aubergine and was apparently created after public consultation on Facebook. Marketing director Colin Leggat

said: "The Twinsie offers a practical but fun solution for those wanting to stay warm this winter without running up costly energy bills. "And what a fantastic Christmas present for the person in your life, or even the person you'd like to get closest to!"

Johnny Depp good enough to eat - BIRMINGHAM A West Midlands baker has created a life-size cake of Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow. Lara Clarke, 27, from Brownhill, created the edible 5ft 5in statue for

Family reclaims Christmas lights record - CANBERRA

the Cake International competition in Birmingham. The amateur baker revealed has only been creating cakes for two years and uses food colouring as one of her main ingredients. Ms Clarke spent 20 hours planning Pirate Sparrow and a further 70 gruelling hours of construction to finish him. He is mainly made up of chocolate,

marshmallows, rice crispies and icing on an internal structure of stainless steel, PVC pipes and wood. "I love baking, the moment I start I lose track of time - I just concentrate on making the cakes as life-like as possible," she said. "Jack Sparrow is definitely my biggest and most challenging cake to date," she said. "Once I started I just couldn't stop."

'Selfie' named word of the year 'Selfie' has been named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. The term refers to a self-portrait photograph, usually captured on a tablet or smartphone, with either the aid of a mirror or a device's front-facing camera. Although the word was not coined in 2013, its usage is said to have increased by 17,000% over the past 12 months.

An Australian family has broken a world record for the second time - by adorning their home with more than half a million Christmas lights. The Richards family, of Canberra, Australia, have installed 502,165 lights around their house and garden. David Richards, a barrister, started work on stringing the 48km of wires around his property in early October. He had previously held the world record with 330,000 lights in 2011, but lost it last

year to a family in New York. The mammoth display, which is expected to be seen by tens of thousands of visitors, has been erected to raise money for a children's charity. But Mr Richards told the Canberra Times part of his motivation for spending almost every weekend working on the project was to reclaim the record. The family from New York had only managed 15,000 more than the Richards' previous record last year, so he felt it was an easy target to achieve. Mr Richards, a father-ofthree, told the newspaper: ''It

was sort of a reason to do it again, and they didn't break it by very much. ''I thought 500,000 was a nice, round number so I decided to go all out because I may never do it again.'' A representative from Guinness World Records visited the house and confirmed the feat. The display has proved so popular, one couple even got married under it. Patrick Cormac became hitched to Mr Richards' cousin Luana Marriott at the house on Saturday under a blanket of white lights. He said: "It was amazing."

"Social media sites helped to popularise the term, with the hashtag #selfie appearing on the photo-sharing website Flickr as early as 2004, but usage wasn't widespread until around 2012, when selfie was being used commonly in mainstream media sources," said Oxford Dictionary editorial director Judy Pearsall.

Other words shortlisted for 2013 word of the year include 'twerk', a raunchy dance move popularised by Miley Cyrus, and 'binge-watch', a term for describing marathon TV

Deodorant that smells like bacon SEATTLE

A deodorant that "provides 24 hours of bacon scent" has been launched by Seattle-based makers J&D's Foods. Power Bacon deodorant comes with the tagline "For when you sweat like a pig" and has been designed specifically for people with active lifestyles. Instructions for the $9.99

sessions. 'Selfie' is currently under consideration for inclusion in the print edition of the Oxford Dictionary, having been inducted into its online counterpart in August. stick say: "For all-day meatscented protection apply liberally to underarms or private areas." J&D's was set up by baconcrazy entrepreneurs Dave Lefkow and Justin Esch to offer a range of products celebrating pork. Their product range includes bacon-themed lip balm, shaving cream and... a coffin. Justin says: "Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it most never use it. So be smart and buy the bacon-lover in your life a stick of Power Bacon this holiday season."

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Hague’s Bar, Lisburn... The most entertaining place to be this festive season

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Entertainment Belfast date for All Time Low Disney

On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy at The Odyssey in April 2014

Baltimore pop-punks All Time Low have just announced details of their highly anticipated return to Belfast with a show at the Ulster Hall on March 18th. All Time Low recently released a deluxe version of their Top 10 album,

‘Don’t Panic’, titled‘Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now!’, featuring new material including their new single, ‘A LoveLike War’, featuring Pierce The Veil frontman Vic Fuentes. The video for the song has already clocked up over 2.5 million YouTube views.   Tickets priced £25 are on sale now from

Christmas on the Radio, 1942 A Christmas Carol

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with Wireless Mystery Theatre’s 1940s jukebox musical – A Christmas Carol. With live music, hand cranked sound effects and authentic ‘40s radio jingles and Christmas commercials, this is the

The Action-packed ice spectacular, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy, whisks audiences on a captivating adventure to four magical locations, including the auto-racing terrain of Cars and a visit to Andy’s bedroom for some fun with the stars of Toy Story 3. This production delights audiences with a journey under the sea to Ariel’s world from The Little Mermaid and then into the mystical land of Pixie Hollow for a presentation of Tinker Bell.   

perennially favourite tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge and his spectral Christmas visitors, with a twist – it’s set in a ‘40s radio studio! “To be the first to introduce the Tinker Bell story live A real heart–warming on ice and to be entrusted Christmas treat with a with the beloved Toy Story quirky, vintage style. characters is incredible, and This special production, we are thrilled to bring these adapted for stage by heartwarming tales to families Aislinn Clarke and across the UK and Europe,” Reggie Chamberlain– says producer Nicole Feld.  King, with original score   composed and arranged “The arena instantly by Nicholas Boyle, transforms into Pixie Hollow played to an audience as we show our audience how of 900 in the Ulster Hall in December the fairies prepare for spring 2011 and has since toured across the with an explosion of color. To UK and Republic of Ireland. convey the world of the toys and create the proper toy-toDon't miss A Christmas Carol at human scale, we manipulated Lisburn's Island Arts Centre Studio the size of the props and Theatre on Saturday 14th December at costumes to make live skaters 8pm. Tickets priced £12 can be booked – and even the audience – by calling 02892 509254. seem toy size,” she adds.

  The on-ice excitement begins when an adventurous Mickey Mouse embarks on a journey with Minnie Mouse to uncover each world of fantasy, but the plan goes awry when their cherry red roadster unexpectedly breaks down.  Although Donald Duck and Goofy try, it takes the assistance of the coolest cars on the ice to get the pistons firing again.  Direct from Radiator Springs, Mater, Lightning McQueen and Sally speed into action, zipping and zooming around the frozen highway in an effort to reenergize the roadster.   The life-sized Cars characters were developed by the innovative minds of the prop team led by Feld Entertainment Vice President of Scenic Elements Rick Papineau.  Each car took 2,000 man hours to build and is outfitted with custom animatronics including blinking eyes and hydraulic lifts that bounce to the beat of the music.  Mater and McQueen even come complete with moving mouths, enabling their dynamic personalities to shine through each time they speak.  “The cars are going to be a big surprise because no one will expect them to be so animated, so large or so realistic,” says Papineau.   As Mickey and Minnie’s “road trip” continues, Production Designer Jeremy Railton’s whimsical scenery transforms the arena into an environment that captures the essence of each unique world to follow.  Fluorescent

coral and clam shell drums embody Ariel’s world in The Little Mermaid and audiences enter the colorful fantasy land of fairies for the Tinker Bell segment.   The toys are back in town! The second act of Worlds of Fantasy brings together all the fun, humor and warmth of the beloved Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 3. Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the familiar gang hit the ice for the ultimate Toy Story experience. A completely different creative team put together the lighting, costumes and tailor-made choreography for this high energy segment of the production.   The Toy Story 3 skating was orchestrated by veteran Cindy Stuart, who worked as associate choreographer on the original Disney On Ice production of Toy Story in 1996. “It’s been so much fun for me to get back with those original characters and for us to add the new characters that they have in the film,” Stuart says. She included diversity and versatility in the production numbers, incorporating tumbling toy hijinks as Buzz, Woody, and Jessie showcase their skills in several high energy routines.   Designer Scott Lane wanted to create a fun homage to the Toy Story 3 film with his costumes. “What makes the toy costumes so unique is that many of the surfaces are

plastic. We tried to achieve that kind of shiny molded feeling because toys are a physical thing that every child knows and understands,” Lane says. “The audience can expect to see a lot of color and fun textures.”   Alex Reardon contributed his lighting design expertise to the Toy Story 3 segment. “When you’re dealing with an animated movie you have a lot of primary colors. So, I was looking for ways to increase the excitement by adding lighting. Part of the job of the lighting designer is to contribute to the drama of the story.”    Worlds of Fantasy offers the perfect combination of elements for fans of Disney On Ice. “From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid and Tinker Bell, audiences will see four completely different Disney worlds brought to life,” says producer Kenneth Feld. “All of this provides a value that is truly unparalleled in the world of live family entertainment.  More than ever before, there’s something for everyone.”   To discover more about Disney On Ice, log on to www. and catch the show at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena from Thursday 10th April – Sunday 13th April 2014. Early bird discount is available before December 15th! Book now by calling 02890 739074 or go to www.odysseyarena. com or

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Robbie Williams brings swing to the Odyssey Arena  

Robbie Williams brings his incredible Swing album to concert halls around Europe in 2014 with a tour which starts in Budapest on April 25th and culminates at London’s 02 Arena in July.  

Home for Christmas with the Sands Family As the winter nights grow longer, there’s only one thing better than a cosy night in beside your own hearth…and that’s a night out enjoying the warmth and the craic that is an evening with The Sands Family. Ulster’s First Family of Folk Music are back on the road again with a very special new show. Home for Christmas with The Sands Family has more delights than Santa’s sack with songs old and new, lively tunes and stories, all woven together with that feelgood fabric that has won this County Down foursome friends and fans all over the world.

Mother Goose

The Sands Family will be appearing at Lisburn's Island Arts Centre on Friday 20th December at 8pm. Tickets priced £19.50 can be booked by calling 02892 509254. Christmas is coming and Mother Goose is coming too. Yes it’s that time again and, following last year’s sell–out panto, Lisnagarvey Operatic Society is delighted to be presenting this ever popular show with all its fun filled characters and magical scenes; surely the perfect way for you and your family or group to start off your Christmas festivities. “Oh Yes It Is!” Mother Goose runs until Saturday 14th December at Lisburn's Island Arts Centre. Tickets are priced £10 and can be booked by calling 02892 509254.

The tour follows the ecstatic response to Robbie’s one-off show at London’s Palladium where he showcased material from his brand new album “Swings Both Ways” which is out now.   Don't miss Robbie Williams at Belfast's Odyssey Arena on June 13th 2014! Tickets are available from or from the Odyssey Arena Box Office on 02890 739074 or

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games - Catching Fire By Samantha Gregory

The hugely anticipated sequel to box office smash ‘The Hunger Games’ was released across the country on November 21st.

Catching Fire picks up where the first film left off, with Katniss (Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) beginning their victory tour after winning the Hunger Games.

Katniss soon learns that her act of defiance has stirred up a rebellion and in retaliation President Snow, (Donald Sutherland) orders that the 75th Hunger Games will be composed of the previous victors including Katniss and Peeta. Sent back into the arena, Katniss must fight against new enemies in an increasingly hostile environment, with

new horrors such as genetically modified apes and poisonous fog. For the book readers, you will already know the twist ending. The film does its best to stay true to Suzanne Collins’ books with only a few minor omissions. With a bigger budget and more stars, Catching Fire is set to outdo its predecessor. It made over $25 million on its opening night.

Unfortunately fans will have to wait a year for the next instalment. Mockingjay Part 1 will be released November 2014 with Part 2 coming November 2015.

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Long Live The King!

What or who inspired you to become the Elvis for the Elvis Spectacular Show? Well I was always into music and I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old but it was only when I was about 20 or so that I started going to karaoke nights and started to sing Elvis songs. A few people said I sounded like Elvis so it really just went on from there. I arranged a charity night for the Hospice as my first show and it was a success. I’ve been doing the Elvis tribute now for about six years and I’ve been with the Elvis Spectacular Band & Show for nearly three years. How long does it take you to get ready for a show?

It actually doesn’t take me long at all, my hair and side burns are real so no time is wasted putting them on and I don’t wear any make up. So I can be ready to go in about ten minutes. How many Elvis competitions have you won? In January of this year I became the Official European Elvis Champion 2012. It’s the biggest competition outside of America and it’s the one competition I’ve always wanted to win. I also won the Elvis 4 Nations Cup in 2011. I was also the Winner of Best Elvis Gospel at the Elvis Masters and the European Championships in 2011. I won Best Vegas

Elvis Award in 2010 and the All Ireland Elvis Championships in 2008. When you are not performing, what do you do in your spare time? Well, we had our first child Matthew back in March, so looking after him at the moment is what I do in my spare time. And I also just make a lot of noise, as I also play guitar and drums... Do you ever get nervous before a performance? I used to get really nervous before shows, but the lads in the band have helped with that and just performing on the bigger

stage with them have helped me get over the nerves. They are always joking and enjoying the moment so it really takes your mind off the fact that there’s a few hundred people behind the curtain waiting to be entertained. I do get very anxious though before I go on, I’m not sure if its nerves or excitement or maybe a bit of both, but I do a lot of pacing up and down.  Have you ever been to Graceland? Yes, I’ve been twice now and loved it everytime. Its a great place and I think there’s something there for everyone,

Lisburn City News meets star of the Elvis Spectacular Show CC Houlihan.

not just big Elvis fans. Its definitely a place that once you’ve been you’d love to go back. What’s the best gig you’ve ever played? The best and biggest gig we’ve done is probably the The Olympia in Dublin, it was a full house and the crowd were just amazing right from the start. Another great gig was only last week, I was performing at The American Beauty Car Expo Festival in Haapsalu, Estonia. I headlined the festival on the final night and the crowd were great and it was set on the grounds of Medieval Castle.

  What’s the most money he has spent on an Elvis outfit or Elvis memorabilia? I don’t have a lot of memorabilia, a few bits and pieces that I’ve built up. I spend a lot of money on my Stage Jumpsuits. I get them made from the same team who made Elvis’ jumpsiuts. My most recent suit, The Phoenix suit, was personally made by Gene Doucette, he designed and made all of Elvis’s suits in the 1970’s, so it’s amazing to say he physically made my suit. I have one on order with him which costs $3,800. You definitely get what you pay for, they are the best made suits and look amazing on stage.

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The Elvis Spectacular Show strength to strength and now features the absolutely superb CC HOULIHAN as the king. Over the years the part of Elvis has been played by the best Elvis performers Ireland has to offer however CC HOULIHAN has taken the show to a whole new level! Talking to Lisburn City News Mervyn Boyd explains the background to the Elvis Spectacular Show. “I came up with the idea about 1995 when the 20th anniversary of Elvis death was looming.

The show is now in its 17th year and was originally formed by Mervyn Boyd to commemorate

the 20th anniversary of Elvis death. The show has since gone from

Irelands leading (and only) Elvis performer at the time - the legendary Frank Chisum had announced his retirement. I had been an Elvis fan for a

The Elvis spectacular is Irelands Premier Elvis show!

very long time and I remember broaching the subject of an Elvis show ( the word tribute wasn't in use then ) to members of a band that I was playing with (in the 70’s) and was basically laughed at. For a while being an Elvis fan and indeed Elvis himself wasn't cool”, sad Mervyn. By the time the 20th Anniversary came around The King was now cool and Mervyn and his band mates played their first Elvis gig in The Knightsbridge in Newtownards in late 1996. “The first show was a great success and led to us receiving a lot more interest than we had anticipated”,

recalls Mervyn.   “On the strength of this initial success we booked two December  nights in the now defunct Arts Theatre on Belfast’s

Botanic Avenue and both of them sold out. We were over the moon and the show is still happily trundling round the country 17 years later”, says Mervyn.


To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets for the NEW YEARS EVE show at THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL, Belfast just answer the following question: What was Elvis Presley’s middle name a) Darren b) Aaron c) Mervyn d) Billy Email your answer together with your details to

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Win tickets to see


Radio Ulster’s ever popular Hugo Duncan ‘The Wee Man from Strabane’ brings his Country 1st Show back to the Island Hall for a night of great country music and craic. Hugo will be joined by the Queen of Country Philomena Begley, who has just celebrated 50 years of success on the Country Music scene. Join Hugo, Philomena and the Gentleman of Country Ray Lynam in a show filled with nostalgia and good old fashion Country Music. All artistes will be backed by The Countrymen! Don’t miss the fun and banter with Hugo and friends at The Island Hall, Lisburn on Friday 27th September. We have got 2 pairs of tickets to give away. To win just answer the following question: Complete the title of this Philomena Begley hit – Blanket On The _________? Is it: a) Mountain b) Lake c) Ground d) Wall

Email your answer and your details to

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This new Lisburn city centre based salon is a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment where the staff go above and beyond for all their clients. The salon motto is “Quality hairdressing at affordable prices” they believe that everyone has the right to pamper themselves, and with experienced staff and quality product how could you question this.

Platinum hair salon prides its self in support other local business and has used local tradesmen and companies while completing all the work to the salon.

Jenny Dalzell – Owner and colour specialist

Jenny has been in the hairdressing industry for over 18yrs and has worked in some of Lisburn and Belfast biggest salons. She has a passion for hairdressing and always has her finger on the newest trends and fashion. She is just back from preforming on stage at the Alfaparf Hairdressing awards show, this has been one of the highlights of her career. Jenny has completely many hairdressing qualifications but the one she is most proud of is her Master Colour Degree were she came first in her class. “Hairdressing is my passion if I am not doing peoples hair I am researching the latest trends and fashion, as well as find the last courses and presentation that the Platinum team can attend. Hairdressing is always evolving and if you do not develop yourself then your work become stagnant” Jenny Dalzell

Carol Ringland – Senior Stylist and Bridal Specialist

Carol has been hairdressing for 17 years and also starting out as a Saturday girl then going full time once leaving school in one of Lisburns top salons, at which time she gained her GNVQ Level 2 & 3 and developed a passion for the industry. Carol believes that being a hairstylist means that you never stop learning, each client and hairstyle is different. With this in mind she has attended some of the best academies within the industry to keep up to date with the latest cutting and colouring techniques, these include L’Oreal Advanced Colour, Wella Advanced cutting and colour and several Toni & Guy cutting courses. Carol is also trained in makeup application and advanced upstyling, she prides herself in her ability to create stunning upstyles, specialising in formal and bridal hair. She has wedding booked in most weeks and has also worked on many catwalk shows for Bridal fairs. “Hairdressing isn’t just a job it’s my passion and I believe that my clients should always come first and feel like there trip to the salon is a relaxed and enjoyable experience” Carol

Rachel McAlister – Junior Colourist

Rachel has been in the industry for nearly 2yrs and is a budding talent and defenitly one to watch. With her keen eye on fashion and trends she has developed her talents as a colourist. She is in the process of completing her GNVQ Level 3 and has just taken part in an advanced avantguard upstyle competition. This is only the beginning for Platinum Hair Salon we have some great events plan already for 2014 including a Local Free Bridal Show and our own Summer Collection of photographs so watch this space.

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Platinum Hair Bridal Show Sunday 2nd March 2014

Lisburn’s newest and biggest Bridal Show from 1pm-6pm

The show will be held in the newly refurbished The Wallace Riverside Eatery Lisburn. The Wallace will provide the perfect setting for an amazing show offering local businesses the chance to show case what they have to offer. There will be goody bags for the first fifty guests which will include a gift voucher for Platinum Hair Salon along with other amazing offers. All companies exhibiting will have the opportunity to add to the goody

bags. The Wallace will provide all guests with a complimentary drink on arrival and serve canapĂŠs throughout the show. The artistic team at Platinum will present two catwalk shows at 1.30pm and 4.30pm. The shows will present a range of hair styles, make up, bridal wear and menswear.

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Food & Drink

Christmas Spirit at The Kitchen

If you are in Lisburn City Centre in the run up to Christmas, why not escape the madness of Christmas Shopping and stop by at The Kitchen! Located in Lisburn Square you can relax and enjoy some Holiday treats with an American twist. On the menu this December you will find Deep Fried Turkey, Smoked Turkey, candied yams, Pecan Pie and sweet potato pie. For those of you with a sweet tooth you will have to try the delicious Jack Daniels Tipsy Cake or American Fruitcake. As well as their special Christmas menu you can also enjoy all of the regular flavours at The Kitchen that are made from scratch with the highest quality of local ingrediants along with authentic family recipes from the deep South of America. All of their meats, which include New York Pastrami, Pull Pork, Rolled Pork Belly and Corned Beef are flavoured with care and precision and offer customers a unique taste experience. New on the menu are the seasoned chicken wings and pork riblets served with their homemade barbecue sauce. The Prez Obama Burger is a treat for all meat eaters! They also make veggie burgers from scratch with a unique recipe that ensures they are not dry and tasteless. Their soups and stews are also made from scratch. To finish, why not try some authentic American desserts with

an indulgent hand customized coffee from their bean source, Java Republic. You can enjoy treats like the Red Velvet Cheese Cake , Red Velvet Marble Bunt Cake, The Collins Street Fruit Cake and the American Deep dish Apple Pie. The Kitchen have also introduced the Doissant, a cross between a donut and a croissant. The traybakes and cinnamon buns are also worth sampling. Also, look out for some new flavoured holiday drinks on the menu including home made fresh Egg Nog, that is the best in Lisburn and reasonably priced. Now open on a Sunday from 10am for breakfast, what a great way to start your day with some Panko French Toast, freshly made waffles, and breakfast wraps filled with fresh fruit and chocolate or granola, cream cheese and fruit. You can also get an Ulster Fry or an American Fry! To make a reservation, call The Kitchen on 02892 666656. They are also open for private functions and with the holiday season upon us, book your tables or the entire restaurant! The Kitchen will also be opening on Saturday nights based on reservations with weekly theme nights and they have a BYOB (Drink) policy and NO corkage charge! They can also do deliveries, takeaways and can provide platters for functions. Check out The Kitchen at THEKITCHENLISBURN or @ THEKITCHENLIS

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Food & Drink

More Than 14 Million Brits Have Never Cooked A Traditional Christmas Dinner

A fifth of Brits don’t cook their first Christmas dinner until their 30th birthday. Over the festive period, the nation will gorge on enough cheese to reach the Earth's core

nationwide study by cheese brand Port Salut. It's not just men who shun cooking a Christmas dinner - 22 per cent of women have not attempted to cook the traditional Christmas meal with all the trimmings.

Proving that we are a nation still clutching on to our mother's apron strings, almost one in three adults (29 per cent) in the UK admit they have never cooked a Christmas dinner in their lifetime, according to a

With twenty-somethings delaying marriage, home ownership and their career, Christmas is another one to add to the list with almost a fifth of Brits (18 percent) not cooking their first Christmas dinner until

One in five confess to lying about their culinary knowledge to impress dinner guests

after their 30th birthday. The One Poll survey of 2,000 Brits revealed whilst we may be a nation of cookery show lovers, only one in four (25 per cent) Brits spend less than half an hour planning their Christmas meals over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - an average of just a brief six minutes each despite endless advice and tips from celebrity TV chefs. What's more, one in five even confess to lying

about their culinary knowledge (22 per cent) to impress dinner guests or swotting up on cheese and wine pairings before entertaining guests.

admit to spending more than normal on Christmas food.

More than a third (34 per cent) of festive cooks will cheat on Christmas Day by using readymade stuffing, 12 per cent will make their job easier by using frozen roast potatoes, 19 per cent will use packet sauce, 37 per cent will resort to instant gravy and 25 per cent will cook frozen vegetables.

To round off the festive treats almost one in five households ( 19 per cent) indulge in a cheese board only at Christmas voting it the most impressive end to a Christmas dinner party;  while among those that do nearly one in four (23 per cent) will serve a ready-made cheese selection. Other foods eaten only at Christmas include mince pies, turkey, pigs in blankets, Brussels sprouts, parsnips and chestnuts.

The economic downturn has prompted more people to scrimp and save, even when it comes to Christmas dinner. Almost one in three people (31 per cent) only buy discounted food for their festive meals, while 57 per cent

But loosen your belts as, on average, each of us will consume over six portions (30g per portion) of cheese during the Christmas break; the equivalent of a whole Port Salut wedge (180g), or as a UK population

enough to reach the Earth's core! Aude Romelly, Brand Manager at Port Salut said: "The number of adults who have never attempted to cook Christmas dinner is certainly surprising but there are a number of social trends changing the way the family tradition is upheld. Brits cooking less from scratch or preferring to let someone else take the strain are both factors along with the growing availability of ready-made meal ingredients are changing the way Christmas meals are prepared and the rituals around it. Cheeseboards are the ultimate family treat and people can very easily create a great cheeseboard without spending hours preparing or spending much money."

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Robin’s Reviews By Robin Elliott

Alternative Christmas Tuneage Huge rise in

Christmas comes but once a year, and I can already hear the excitement in Noddy Holder as the royalties start piling up as Merry Xmas Everybody gets thousands of spins on radio station all across the land. For us radio DJ’s we already know what the top Christmas songs are and we are standing by to blast out Wizzard, Wham! and Sir Cliff and Bob Geldof’s assorted friends. But if you’re looking for something a little different this year, why not sample these alternative Christmas songs? Alice Cooper – Santa Claws Is Coming To Town

If you hate the Jackson Five’s nauseating “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” then get Alice Cooper’s version and get revenge! This version was featured on an album called We Wish You A Metal Christmas & A Headbanging New


Eve 6 – Noel Noel! I don’t know very much about this Californian Rock band but have always loved their head banging version of Noel Noel ever since I first heard it on the album A Very Special Christmas 5. Chewbacca – Silent Night Have yourself a very Wookie Christmas! Star Wars fans

everywhere will remember the awful Star Wars Xmas TV special from the 80’s but if you want to hear something fun just search Chewbacca Silent Night on Youtube and have a listen.

Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa “Who’s got a beard thats long and white”, just some of the lyrics that will get stuck in your head when this great track from Bob’s Dylan’s 2009 Christmas In The Heart Album..Check out the whole album, you won’t be disappointed!

children being called after Homeland’s Brody

Weird Al Yankovic – The Night Santa Went Crazy Weird Al’s darkly humorous tale of

Santa Claus. 10 Reason’s To Live – Christmas Time This song should be on every radio station playlist. I saw these guys perform live in Liverpool a couple of years ago and they are amazing. Search for Christmas Time on Youtube. Frank Kelly – Christmas Countdown I look forward to playing this every year. A hilarious version of the 12 days of Christmas brought to you by Frank Kelly aka Father Jack from Father Ted. Also check out Punk legends The Ramones with Merry Christmas I Don’t Want To Fight, Skid Row’s version of Jingle Bells and Fountains Of Wayne’s I Want An Alien For Christmas. And finally everyone should have a copy of this – Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift To You. Featuring Darlene Love, The Ronettes, The Crystals and Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans, this is without doubt the greatest Christmas Album ever made!

“Previously on Homeland” I love hearing those words on Sunday night as I am massive fan of Homeland and it seems parents are now calling their kids after Homeland character Brody and other US TV Characters. – which commissioned the survey – said: “Inspiration for your baby’s name can come from anywhere, which is why a show like Breaking Bad, which has been hugely popular, has influenced naming choices this year.”

Hit TV shows Homeland, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have inspired mums and dads to name their children after the characters.

Girls’ names from Downton Abbey also grew in popularity, including the names of characters Violet, played by Maggie Smith, (up 17%), Elsie (47%), Ivy (105%) and Cora (7%).

There was a 40% increase in newborns being named Brody, like Homeland’s renegade soldier, a 70% rise in Skyler, anti-hero Walter White’s wife in Breaking Bad, and a 183% increase in Aria – a more conventional spelling of the name of Game of Thrones tomboy Arya. Sarah Barrett, managing director of babycentre.

Breaking Bad druggie Jesse’s name was up 13% and one baby was named Hank – like the show’s DEA agent.

Top boy’s names 1. Oliver (no3 in 2012) 2. Jack 3. Charlie 4. Harry (no1 in 2012) 5. Oscar Top girl’s names 1. Olivia 2. Emily (no3 2012) 3. Sophia 4. Lily (no2 in 2012) 5. Isabella

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AC/DC For Christmas Number 1

So, the big music question this Christmas is can rock legends AC/DC beat the X Factor winner and Susan Boyle to the number one spot on December 25th??

Bangor is UK's Sexiest Town!!

Well, Rage Against The Machine managed to do it back in 2009 when they beat X Factor winner Joe McElderry after a Facebook campaign was set up.

Research by adult entertainment specialists Lovehoney has revealed where in the UK people spend the most bringing excitement into the bedroom.

having the Christmas Number One from an original 20/1 into 7/2 second favourite. Other artists hoping for that Xmas number one include the

X Factor winner and Susan Boyle who has teamed up with Elvis!!!(The wonders of modern technology). Lily Allen, The Big Reuion and

One Direction might also have a chance. So let’s celebrate AC/DC’s 40th Anniversary in style and get Highway To Hell to number one this Christmas.

Gerry’s Retrurn To The Airwaves

Congratulations Bangor, I’m sure like lots of you our day I think... Bangor just has been named the UK's sexiest place, because its residents spend the most on spicing up their sex lives.

A similar AC/DC campaign has been set up this year and has got well over 100,000 Facebook likes so far Bookmaker William Hill have slashed the price of AC/DC

hasn’t been the same for over a year now without hearing Gerry Anderson on the radio but the BBC has confirmed that the popular Radio Ulster broadcaster is due to return to the airwaves after a prolonged illness. So glad to hear that Gerry is well again and look forward to his return in 2014.

Bangor's residents spend 6.7 times the national average on their bedroom 'gear', including 10.7 times more on raunchy gifts and ten times the national average on fetish clothing for women.

Now elsewhere in Radio Ulster land, its going to be all change in the 3pm-5pm slot. Congratulations to Kerry McLean who will be taking over from Alan Simpson and taking to airwaves Monday to Thursday with Gerry Kelly doing the Friday afternoon show.

Top 10 sexiest towns in the UK Bangor. 2. Durham 3. Newtownards 4. Norwich 5. Bishop Auckland 6. Cambridge 7. Newry 8. Nottingham 9. Lincoln 10. Southampton

Kerry’s new programme, which will start on the station on Monday, 20 January 2014, at 3pm, will encourage contribution from listeners and will be family focused with a healthy offering of music, chat, film reviews, cookery and a look at the events that are taking place around Northern

Ireland. Muriel Day - ‘Just My Way Of Saying I Love You’

Congratulations to my good friend Muriel Day who releases a new single this week called Just My Way Of Saying I Love You. Where do I begin describing the extraordinary career that Muriel has had. She was the first female to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 – and coming in a respectable fourth!, she’s also had a movie career!, she beat Marvin Gaye to the Number 1 spot in the Irish Billboard Charts! And along the way performed alongside acts like Dusty Springfield, Petula Clarke and Cilla Black and was even supported by the likes of Van Morrison! ‘Just My Way of Saying I Love You”, written by Mary O’Brien, is the title track from Muriel’s forthcoming Country Album. Song will be available to download shortly.

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Health & Fitness

Get in shape with the ‘More Yoga Game’ Most of you will be familiar with Twister but imagine the game with a mind-body angle. The More Yoga Game has been developed by Shelly Greenber, director of the Evergreen Yoga Studio. Move your game piece along the board doing the poses, breathing exercises and yoga philosophy on the activity cards. First player to reach the top of the board wins. The game includes a chakra scroll, 108 activity cards, rule card and 6 glass jewels packaged in a nifty portable can. Its great fun for all the family so check it out at Shelly Greenberg wants the whole world to relax. Since the 1970’s, Shelly has operated the Evergreen Yoga studio in Bethesda, MD, where the motto has always been: “Whatever the Question... the Answer is ... More Yoga.”

Let the Music Play

Since 1979 Shelly Greenberg has been supporting the yoga community through her participation in The International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Unity in Yoga Conferences . She is a past President of the MidAtlantic Yoga Association and a current member of the Board of Directors.

You will have noticed there’s music playing in the gym

and even with this, many members choose to workout with their mp3, so how does music boost my exercise? Listening to music can result in the release of our feel-good hormones, endorphins, which help us to manage pain. Motor-skills learning is enhanced by musical accompaniment.

Appropriate music choice can dampen the activation of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland so resulting in less cortisol (stress hormone) being released. Music can increase immunity. Up tempo music can

moderately increase respiratory and heart rates, helping you to warm up. Research showed that in bike tests, subjects cycled 11% further when they listened to music for a given time period.

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Health & Fitness

How to Avoid: Getting Sick This Winter It’s that time of year again, when colds and flu are rife and everyone seems to be catching it. Here are some tips to avoid getting sick: Make sure you take care of yourself and that you are getting plenty of vitamins, especially vitamins C and D. D is important as we get most of it from sunlight which is in short supply at this time of year; Make sure you get enough sleep and try not to get stressed out as this can affect

your immune system; Wash your hands! Germs can live on surfaces such as door handles so it is important that you keep your hands clean. Carry an antibacterial hand gel with you wherever you go; Stay healthy by getting some exercise even if it is just a walk for twenty minutes

each day; Try a nasal spray such as Vicks First Defence to prevent the cold virus from getting into your system; Don’t touch your mouth or nose if you can avoid it, you could be transferring germs from your hands;

Take care of yourself this winter.

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Motoring News UK has ‘highest car running costs’

Police catch morning-after drivers

Police are catching more "morning after" drinkdrivers, according to latest figures. The UK is the most expensive country in the world to run a car, according to a new survey. Comparing the cost of fuel, insurance, road tax and MOT, on average it costs the UK motorist £3,453 a year to run car. That’s £1,000 more than drivers in the USA and Australia, £1,825 than in Japan and a full £2,000 more than in China. The survey, conducted by, compared the cost of motoring in 21 countries on five continents, and revealed that on many fronts the UK motorist is paying more than anyone else. Based on an annual mileage of

12,500, the average UK driver will spend £2,256 a year on fuel. Just across the channel in France it would cost £2,078, while in the States it would be a measly £990. In Saudi Arabia where fuel can cost as little as 7p per litre, a year’s fuel could cost as little as £130. As for road tax, the survey calculates the average cost of UK VED at £225, seven times the amount paid by drivers in Switzerland, Spain and Russia, while those in Canada, South Africa and New Zealand pay zero road tax. There is some good news however - recent falls in the cost of car insurance mean that the UK average premium of £667

The number of people arrested for drink-driving between 6am and 8am rose nearly 4% between 2011 and 2012, police statistics published by car insurance That also makes UK drivers company LV= showed. better off than those in Switzerland where the average A further survey of 1,688 drivers premium is a massive £1,200, showed that 3% had driven while although in France, Spain and over the legal limit the morning Australia, a year’s insurance after a drinking session in the last two years. comes in at under £400. is on a par with countries such as the USA and Canada plus European nations like Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

Richard Evans, head of technical services for webuyanycar. com, comments: “Most of us don’t stop to think how much each journey in the car actually costs and as the price of fuel, insurance, road tax and MOTs have all crept up in recent years, the total is now a massive outlay for the average household.”

Of these morning-after offenders, 37% said driving was unavoidable, 26% said they were only going a short distance and 19% thought they were all right to take to the road. Also, around 7% thought it was acceptable to drive as they were not on a motorway and 13% reckoned they were only a little

How to buy a car online

Nine out of 10 car buyers research their next car on the web, and some even buy without a test drive. Here are our six tips for buying online. 1. It’s all about choice

The big advantage when buying a car online is the amount of choice. You can search the whole of the country from your armchair to find the perfect car at a good price. Buying online also lets you compare prices quickly and easily without the hassle of visiting several car dealers, and there is also no pushy salesperson urging on you to buy the car then and there. 2. Haggle a deal You can use the online quotes to get a better price from a

local dealer when you visit their showroom, but remember not all dealers will haggle down to the same figure. This is especially true of used cars where the individual dealers’ costs can vary. 3. Do your homework

Online brokers can help find your ideal car at the lowest price and they will do the legwork for you. There will be a cost attached to this, either up front or included in the sale price, and you need to be happy you can trust any online seller. Check out the broker as well as the car and be very cautious about any online seller who tries to hurry you into buying the car. Also, any deal that looks too good to be true, is most likely just that, so be very careful of a car that is significantly cheaper

than other similar ones for sale. Carry out a vehicle history check on used cars. 4. Be wary of imported cars

Look out for imported cars that appear very similar to British models but have detail differences in specification and may not have a UK warranty. Also, check if a new car has been pre-registered or is owned by a lease company as this means you will not be the first registered owner. In the case of leasing, it might also mean you don’t receive the V5 registration form for a few months after buying the car, so be sure you trust the seller won’t go bust and leave you out of pocket. 5. Know the law The Sale of Goods Act affords

over the limit so it did not matter. The arrest figures were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request and were based on replies from 22 of the 45 British police constabularies. The statistics showed that 350 drivers were arrested for drinkdriving between 6am and 8am in 2011, with this figure rising to 363 in 2012. The police figures showed that, overall, drink-drive offences fell 4% in 2012 compared with 2011. Of the police forces that gave information, Thames Valley had the most drink-drivers caught in 2011 and 2012 - a total of 4,783. Thames Valley has also recorded the highest number for the year to early November of 2,095.

Somerset (4,093). The "drunkest" driver of 2013 so far has been a motorist arrested by Bedfordshire Police who was eight times over the legal limit. The LV= survey showed that 46% of drivers underestimated, or did not know how long, it took for alcohol to leave the body, while 30% of men and 19% of women admitted to having driven at least once after a heavy drinking session the night before. LV= car insurance managing director John O'Roarke said: "It's easy to assume that after a good night's sleep you will be sober enough to drive the next day but ,depending on how many units you've had, you may not be fit to drive.

For the years 2011 and 2012, South Wales Police caught the next-highest number of offenders (4,577), followed by Avon and

"The key to enjoying the festive season is to plan ahead and don't drive if you are not within the legal alcohol limits."

hundreds of miles in the car and then decide you don’t want it. If you have a car to part exchange, not all online dealers will be willing or able to accept this, so you may have to sell your existing car yourself.

As with all car purchases, if you’re not mechanically minded, ask a friend or expert to check over any potential purchase.

you protection as it would when buying a car in a showroom, but online buying also covered by the Distance Selling Regulations. This law allows you a seven-day cooling off period where you can decide to not buy the goods or if there’s a sudden change in your circumstances. It’s also a good idea to use a credit card to pay for all or some of the car’s price as the card provider will then also be obliged to offer help in the event of a dispute. If you do dispute a car bought online, remember you have to be reasonable, so don’t clock up

6. Get it checked!

You may be able to buy a car at the click of a mouse, but it’s still best to check it out in the metal.

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Motoring News

Ford’s 1.0 EcoBoost Engine wins Award

New Honda Civic Tourer available to order

Ford’s award winning 1.0 EcoBoost Engine has now been crowned winner of the SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation 2013.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive and one of the Award judges, said “the UK is a hotbed for global automotive engineering talent, a fact proved by the winning Ford entry being designed and developed at its Essex R& D centre and achieving global recognition. The outstanding calibre of the entrants to this year’s Award is testament to the wealth of design and engineering talent here in the UK. SMMT is working hard with its members and government to ensure the UK maintains and develops its reputation at the forefront of automotive innovation.” The efficient 1.0 litre three cylinder engine uses a power

boosting turbocharge to deliver performance. The engine is no bigger than a sheet of A4 paper, but delivers 123bhp, achieves 65.7mpg and has CO2 emissions of just 99g/km which is approximately 20% better than more traditional motors. This remarkable engine is now found under the bonnet of more than 100,000 cars across the UK. It is available in the Ford Fiesta, Focus, B-MAX, C-MAX, Tourneo Connect and Transit Connect models. It will also feature in both the forthcoming EcoSport SUV and the next generation Mondeo in 2014. The engine also powers the Formula Ford concept car.  The SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation is sponsored by GKN

and supported by The Times. It  recognises the best of the UK’s flair for world-class design, R& D and engineering with previous winners including bus manufacturer Optare, as well as Jaguar Land Rover and Gordon Murray Design. The Award was presented to Ford’s Director of Global Vehicle Evaluation and Verification, Graham Hoare, by Nigel Stein, Chief Executive at GKN Driveline, at the 2013 SMMT Annual Dinner on 26 November Commenting on the win, Mr Hoare said “on behalf of the 1,000plus highlyskilled Ford powertrain engineers involved in the 1.0-litre EcoBoost programme, we’re all delighted with this prestigious recognition. In 2007, the engineering teams at Dunton and Dagenham took on the challenge to produce a cutting-edge three-cylinder petrol engine, exciting, durable and efficient enough for both cars and commercial vehicles.  Six years on, and with over 300,000 global sales, two back-to-back International Engine of the Year titles, and now this major innovation award, we couldn’t be more proud.” Nigel Stein, Chief Executive, GKN, said “the efficiency and environmental performance of internal combustion engines has improved dramatically in recent years, and I am delighted that the panel has recognised Ford’s achievements in this area. This also signals the important role the UK automotive sector can play in developing future technology. Congratulations to everyone involved in this truly innovative project.”

The new Honda Civic Tourer will be available to order from December 2013. Prices start from £20,265 for the entry level 1.8 i-VTEC S model.

Navi and privacy glass. Those who opt for the top EX grade will receive headlight washer, smart entry and start capability, sunglasses holder, interior blue ambient lighting and Bi-HID headlights with auto levelling.

The Civic Tourer is offered with a choice of two engines the 1.8 i-VTEC petrol and the new Earth Dreams Technology 1.6 i-DTEC diesel and four generously equipped trim levels. The Earth Dreams Technology 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine offers low running costs returning 74.3mpg and 99 g/km of CO2 emissions.

The new Tourer is extremely spacious and boasts class leading boot space of approximately 624 litres. There is also Honda’s unique Magic Seat System to consider, the rear seats can be pulled down to create a completely flat load area with 1668 litres of capacity up to the roof lining.

Standard specification on the entry level S grade includes features such as Bluetooth Hands Free Telephone (HFT), DAB Radio, USB connectivity and 16 inch allow wheels. If you opt for the SE Plus, the next level up then rear parking sensors and 17 inch alloys are added and SR customers benefit from the new world first rear Adaptive Damper System (ADS), front heated seats, HDD

The significant luggage space is cleverly supported by the Tourer’s newly developed rear Adaptive Damper System (ADS), a world first. The clever system automatically adjusts the rear suspension damping force designed to enhance stability and comfort under the varying load and driving conditions.

Honest - the Range Rover Sport 5.0 V8 climbs staircases. This – without a word of a lie – can be confirmed via my first hand experience.

Furthermore, the motorist can see how far water is rising relative to the limit via a large, touch screen, display on the dashboard (honest).

Another first is the option

to add Honda’s new safety technologies,  this new suite of sensor based active safety systems uses a combination of cameras, short range lidar (laser radar) and radar, to deliver a high standard of safety in all conditions, giving drivers and passengers complete peace of mind. The new Driver Assistance Safety Pack is available as a factory fit option from SE models upwards for £780 and consists of  City-Brake Active System, specifically designed to help avoid or mitigate low speed accidents, Forward Collision Warning, which detects the risk of collision by recognising the vehicle directly in front, High Beam Support System, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition System, Blind Spot Information and Cross Traffic Monitor. This new Civic Tourer is impressive due to the styling, advanced technology and the fantastic fuel economy and performance. 

New Range Rover Sport 5.0 V8 Climbs Staircase

It simply leaps over such obstacles like an over-zealous kangaroo. It can also plough through monstrous mud and wade through water 850mm deep. That is slightly more than the previous model.

The Range Rover's capability comes in part from its Terrain Response 2 System. This allows the driver to select the “mode” which best suits the conditions. Options include: mud and ruts, sand, rock crawl, grass/gravel/snow, general driving and now – unlike its

predecessor – fully automatic. Among other things these modes change the response of the throttle, transmission and traction control to help the tyres stick to the surface. As such, this workhorse makes the average motorist look like a superhero over challenging terrain. It feels like it could charge through a mountain range easier than the average hatchback can cruise through a car park (honest).

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Reception to mark the 25th Anniversary of Jimmy Kirkwood’s Olympic Gold Medal

Mr Jimmy Kirkwood, Alderman Allan Ewart, Alderman Paul Porter and Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton.

A reception was held recently by Lisburn City Council for Mr Jimmy Kirkwood. This was to mark the 25th anniversary of the Great Britain Hockey team’s success at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, which won Olympic Gold, and of which Mr Kirkwood was a team member. The reception was hosted by Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee.

The Council has a close friendship with Mr Kirkwood who has been recognised and honoured as one of Lisburn's sporting legends. The reception was attended by colleagues of Mr Kirkwood, including his former hockey club team members from Lisnagarvey Hockey Club as well as friends and family. The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, said: "I am delighted to welcome this very modest yet highly successful sportsman to Lagan Valley Island. Lisburn is very proud of Jimmy Kirkwood's achievements and he is an inspiration to many up and coming hockey players. It is perhaps less well known that Jimmy was also an international cricketer and we commend him for his sporting prowess."

Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, hosted the reception and welcomed the audience to the special reception, with Alderman Allan Ewart, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee. Alderman Porter said: "It was great to see Jimmy and he is one of our most admired sportsmen. Jimmy does not actively court publicity but we felt it was very important that the 25th Anniversary of his outstanding sporting success was marked. He would typify all the qualities that a good team member would need; this is evident in that he does not wish to shine over anyone else. However Jimmy is a local man

and we were very pleased that he agreed to the reception and was able to attend. "With the European City of Sport coming to an end, we feel it is very important to pay our respects to notable past sporting achievements on significant anniversaries." Alderman Allan Ewart said: "I would like to thank everyone who came along and made the evening a special one. We are very proud of the local sporting talent in Lisburn and some of our sportspeople are very well known indeed not only throughout Northern Ireland but globally in several cases. We have a lot of worthy sportspeople to be proud of and we consider Jimmy Kirkwood to be a key ambassador for the City of Lisburn.

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Olympic Handball comes to Lagan Valley LeisurePlex Lisburn City Council’s Sports Development Unit was pleased to recently host a two day Olympic Handball event at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex to promote the sport in the Lisburn area. The event, organised in association with the Irish Olympic Handball Association, saw men's and women's club teams from Dublin, Belfast and representative teams from the Republic and Northern Ireland, playing in a round robin tournament. Presentations to the winning teams were made by the Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter. Speaking about the event, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “The aim of the event was to promote the sport of Olympic Handball in the Lisburn area and we are pleased to announce that Lagan Valley LeisurePlex will be hosting a series of matches for the Belfast Olympic Handball Club who are relocating to Lisburn.  We also had a school’s event where primary and secondary schools were invited to try out fun taster sessions, coached by Irish Olympic Handball Association coaches. It was a great opportunity to introduce the people of Lisburn and beyond to the game of handball.” Training sessions will be taking place every Wednesday at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex at 8.30pm - 9.30pm.  Anyone interested should contact Lisburn Sports Development on tel:  028 9250 9556 or email: adrian.baron@ All the competitors from the 2-day event at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex to promote Olympic Handball.

Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter presents a trophy to Astra Ladies Handball Team from Dublin.

The National Handball Team with Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter.

The Astra Mens Handball Team from Dublin with Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter.

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The Belles To Race Across America A group of inspirational local women called ‘The Belles’ are aiming to take part in ‘Race Across America’ (RAAM) next June in aid of Northern Ireland’s only Breast Cancer Charity ‘Pretty in Pink’.  

The race is one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world covering 3000 miles within a cut off of 9 days. The Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter were pleased to recently meet The

Boxing Day at the Races

The Boxing Day Races at Down Royal Racecourse is Christmas’s other Great Tradition; this long established event guarantees to blow away those cobwebs after a day of excess.

This year Down Royal is proud to be running the Boxing Day Race Meeting in support of the Jonjo Bright Trust. There will be a collection at the turnstiles and a specific hospitality package Pictured with The Belles (Julie McCorry, Andrea Harrower, Taryn McCoy and Cathy Booth) available for those wishing to are Dame Mary Peters, DBE; The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton; Councillor Thomas support the Trust. The seven strong Beckett; Noleen Adair, founder of the Charity ‘Pretty in Pink’ and Chairman of the Council’s racecard provides an opportunity Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter. to wrap up warm and beat the Belles and learn of such vision and stamina.” ‘Pretty in Pink’ charity to contact ‘Boxing Day Blues’ with some top their challenge. them to discuss the options. The quality National Hunt racing.

The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, said: “I am delighted to lend my support to the Belles who have taken on so many challenges recently and the Race Across America, that they have set their sights on, is a immense one and I wish them well with it. They are remarkable ladies with

Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter, said: “The Belles are actively seeking sponsorship for their latest charity quest and I would urge anyone who is interested in supporting the Belles and the

team spirit that the Belles have is Gates open 11.00am with the a great example to our City.”   first race kicking off at 12.25pm

For further information or to discuss sponsorship opportunities with The Belles please email: juliemccorry@

(approx.) and the last at 3.30pm (approx.). Concession admission is £10 and children under 16 receive free admission. Entrance tickets will always be available at the turnstiles on the day. For further information on the fantastic work done by the Jonjo Bright Trust or to

make a donation please go to www. Premium Entrance Package - £17 This includes your entrance to the racecourse and admission to the immensely popular Beef or Salmon Suite where you can enjoy a private bar, food outlets, balcony and views over the finishing straight. Down Royal Hospitality - £70 Hospitality will be hosted in the Moscow Flyer Suite, seating 130 guests, this suite has CCTV, Tote betting, private pay bar and direct access onto the viewing area of the grandstand. It also boasts a new balcony on the rear of the suite which has fantastic views over the Parade Ring. The package includes the following: EntrancePremier, Enclosure Badge Racecard, Three course meal with tea and coffee, Guest Tipster, Tote betting to your table. Hospitality Package in Support of the Jonjo Bright Trust - £65 Visit or telephone 028 9262 1256 for further information.

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Largest Flute Orchestra in Town Local man, Glen Houston, is attempting to put together the largest flute orchestra ever assembled, in order to break the world record. The feat is currently being put to together and once assembled they will gather in a Belfast venue to play. So what made Glen decide to put something like this together?

also be a huge fundraiser for a few cancer charities. My wife has been dealing with this awful disease this year alongside a few friends so it seems appropriate. This year’s charity fundraiser with my company Glen Houston Entertainments took the form of a 5 star dinner night and raised just short of 7k for friends of the cancer centre. For 2014 I really want to raise 40/50k and what better way to do it,” Glen said.

“I am a professional flautist as well as a director of my own music management company so if I was going to break a record of any sort it would probably be this.

The largest flute ensemble achieved to date included 3,742 participants and took place during an event organized by the Tsugaru Yokobue Guinness Executive Committee (Japan) in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan, on 31 July 2011.

Not only will it be a gathering of all flautists from all genres and musical styles/traditions, it will

Glen hopes to raise money for local cancer charities including Charities Friends of the Cancer

Persuade Me

Centre and Children's Hospice. You can find him on Facebook at: worldslargestfluteensemble/ This is a huge challenge and for a worthwhile cause. When asked what support he had received so far, Glen said, “Support is building from right across Ireland, the UK and Europe with some of our international flute starts keen to join us also. It is such a big venture and we hope to have 4000 + taking part. My appeal would be for any flute players to email me if interested, although they can expect to see us on their doorsteps very soon asking them to sign up for this amazing event and challenge which will be held in Belfast on a date to be confirmed next week.” We wish him the best of luck. A Lisburn native, S. K. Gregory has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pen. The book is the first in a series, published with Mocking Bird Lane Press, a small press in Arkansas.

Online or High Street? By Samantha Gregory Why buy clothes online and risk them not fitting when you can try them on in the shop there and then?

“I love reading horror and fantasy novels so it was natural that I would write in that genre. The book is doing well at the moment, sales wise.

You can save money on postage and be sure that you have your product in time for Christmas.

I have had some wonderful feedback from readers. While it is listed as a young adult novel I have had everyone from a nine year old girl to a man in his fifties read it.

Books have been hit particularly hard, with the popularity of e readers. Trevor Proctor, the manager of Easons, Lisburn said, “There are many reasons why customers still shop in physical bookshops as opposed to shopping online or buying e books.

It is currently available in the local Eason store and online at Amazon. I also have some signed copies available through my website at www.skgregory. com” As well as promoting her book around the country, S.K Gregory has embarked on a virtual book tour with www., a site which provides promotion for authors including blog spots, interviews and banner ads.

Local author S.K. Gregory launched her debut novel earlier this year called Daemon Persuasion. The book features a young woman called Mackenzie Murphy, who discovers that her father is a demon and she is a half demon with an ability she can’t control. Fans of Mortal Instruments would love this book.

“I found the site online and it has been a great promo tool for me. I have had more people looking at the website and my twitter followers have increased. It runs until January, when I have planned a Facebook Party for January 3rd. I will be answering questions and giving away prizes.” More information can be found on the website. The sequel Daemon Madness is due out next year.

Thankfully many book readers, including myself, prefer the ‘feel’ of a printed book which will lead them to purchase printed copies as opposed to downloading e books. Also most readers like to peruse book shops so they can view the full range of titles and authors available. We also have some great offers on such as our 3 for 2 deals.”

With so much available online nowadays, it is easy to be tempted to do all your Christmas shopping online this year. Less hassle, no queues but also no atmosphere. Part of the experience of Christmas shopping is being able to browse your local stores and choose your products at your leisure.

Great offers aside, when it comes to Christmas gifts you can’t unwrap a download. Lisburn has so much to offer this year. Bow Street Mall is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has over forty stores to shop in. Most small businesses in Lisburn are suffering at the moment, thanks to the economy and high rates on their properties. Please do all you can to support local businesses this Christmas.

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