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As a Garvagh girl, my Facebook newsfeed was flooded last month with people from my hometown sharing a video of a romantic proposal at the Jamboree in the Park. The lucky girl was brought on stage by country singer Mike Denver and her boyfriend got down on one knee in front of thousands of people. I recognised Garvagh’s Vonla Matthew in no time and before even finishing the video, I had sent her a Facebook message to get all the details, because who doesn’t love a good love story? Read all about it inside.
Unfortunately though, it’s not just good news you see on Facebook. I first heard about little George Evans like I’m sure many of you did, when I came across the ‘George and The Giraffe’ Facebook page. I saw a beautiful photo of what looked like a perfectly healthy baby boy on my newsfeed and just one week later I was devastated to see a post announcing that this beautiful seven-month-old had passed away. I couldn’t imagine the pain his mother was going through but this month I found out as I met with Coleraine’s Kirsty Doherty just seven weeks after her precious baby lost his fight. I watched in awe at the strength of this mother who was willing to go through each painful detail in order to help other women going through something similar - it truly was an honour to be trusted to share her story in this month’s issue.
Ballymoney’s Joanne Peden is another remarkable lady who refuses to let the blows she’s been dealt in life so far keep her down. Stuck in what she describes as a broken body, Joanne’s ME diagnosis has left her bedridden but she is determined to still make her life count. She tells Local Women about raising thousands of pounds for charity through writing and selling books, and how she inspires people around the world online, all from her bed. Her fighting spirit is a true inspiration.
Speaking of books, I was invited along to Millside Restaurant last month for the o.cial launch of Local Lily Goes to Spain – Stephanie Gray’s debut novel. The Spanish themed night was a complete blast and I have no doubt this isn’t the last book we’ll see from the Cloughmills lady. Check out all the photos from the night inside.
If you have a story you’d like to share, a social event you’d like us to cover or would like your wedding photos printed, just drop us a message and you could see yourself in your favourite magazine next month!
Until next month,
North Coast and Ballymena Editor
This month's highlights
Garvagh’s Vonla Matthew got the shock of her life when her boyfriend got down on one knee in front of thousands of country music fans at the Jamboree in the Park last month. Local Women’s Cheryl Cole catches up with the newly engaged couple to hear all about the romantic proposal that has been viewed online over 18,000 times!
Michaela Lindsay and Jennifer Marshall model for Bridal Elegance Boutique, Larne
Hair & Beauty
Cameron Currie, Geraldine Brown, Molly McElwee and Hannah Richmond model for Beauty Express Coleraine
Out & About
An amazing night of fundraising for cancer charity Pretty N’ Pink, organised by Pamela Howard, as Pink impersonator Alecia Karr took to the stage at Portrush Yacht Club.
Wedding of Mary Jane Brown and David James Robinson, both from Ballymoney