THE public has been urged to ‘shop local’ this Christmas.
The message was delivered at the main monthly meeting of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council in Ballymena.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Beth Adger, who was chairing the meeting, said she hoped councillors would all agree the three main towns in the Borough – Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus – were looking very festive.
She wanted to remind her council colleagues and the public that the towns had many fantastic retail outlets including independent retailers and high street names.
The councillor added: “In this season of giving I would encourage you all to give back to your local high street this year and please shop locally for your Christmas gifts.
“I would invite residents, visitors and councillors to hashtag findyourChristmas at the Mid & East Antrim website”.
She said there were already a number of ‘selfies’ on the site and encouraged the public to check it out.
Councillor Adger wished everyone a “very peaceful, happy, healthy, Christmas, and a bright and prosperous New Year.”
The councillor said Christmas was a happy time for many but could also be a sad time for others.
“I would encourage you to look out for your friends and neighbours at this seasonal time of the year,” Cllr Adger said.
The councillor wished to personally wish councillors a Happy Christmas and added: “…and don’t ever forget that Christ is the main thing in our Christmas”.