North Coast and Ballymena edition June 2018

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Letter from the Editor

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Cheryl Cole, North Coast and Ballymena Editor

I don’t want to jinx it but I think Summer might actually be here! The sun has been shining for at least a week so obviously it’s safe to ditch the jumpers and start building our summer wardrobes. We have you covered as we showcase the best of local this season – and don’t worry, there’s trousers and jackets because we’re realistic! It is Northern Ireland after all…

Speaking of fashion, when a North West mother and daughter were invited to the fashion event of the year – the Royal wedding – where did they choose their outfit? Ballymoney of course! The ladies needed the ‘wow’ factor and Winnie Mellet from The Winsome Lady kitted them out with exactly that!

There really is something to be said about shopping local. Ballymena BID welcomed Northern Ireland’s leading Fashion Bloggers, local business owners and myself to a ‘Bloggers’ Breakfast’ and showed off what the town has to offer. See for yourself on pages 20-21.

But it’s not all fashion this month. As a former Coleraine High School pupil, I experienced a bit of a role reversal when I interviewed my old P.E teacher Mrs Bovaird, and it doesn’t matter how long ago you’ve left school - calling a teacher by their first name never seems natural!

Rosie exclusively shared her story with Local Women and it was remarkable to learn just how much she was going through while I was “forgetting my P.E kit” back in 2006.

The Portstewart mum-of-three opened up about her son Lucas’ rare genetic condition – Phelan McDermid syndrome - and the incredible teaching app she created alongside her husband Nigel to help their severely disabled son find his voice. Read their inspiring story inside!

Another determined local mum is Broughshane’s Clare Adair. As Blood Donor Awareness week starts on June 11, Clare has shared her emotional story to encourage others to donate. After suffering a massive postnatal bleed Clare knows that without the blood transfusion she received, she wouldn’t be here today to watch her beautiful baby girl grow up.

We love featuring as many of you as we can and all this sunny weather meant you sociable lot were out and about more than ever, so see if you can spot yourself or someone you know in our social pages. As always, don’t forget to get in touch if you have an event or story you’d like us to cover!

Cheryl Cole

North Coast and Ballymena Editor

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