The Donaghadee Community Development Association organised a special evening for its volunteers in Harbour & Co earlier this week and pictured attending were, Joanne Gillen, Mark Brooks with Diane and Bill Mulvenna.

THE ‘army’ of volunteers who contributed to the success of this year’s Donaghadee in Bloom have been thanked at a special event. Organised by Donaghadee Community Development Association (DCDA), the celebration  was held on Monday evening.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Jennifer Gilmour attended the event and was full of praise for the volunteers. 

She said: “Donaghadee is certainly blooming – winning Ulster in Bloom in each of the last three years, winning a Gold Medal in Britain in Bloom and being recognised as being one of the best places to live. The ‘In Bloom’ programme focuses on floral displays, but we can also see the very positive impact it is having on community spirit, civic pride and on the health and well-being of all involved. Thank you to all the volunteers – they are worth their weight in gold.  Our Council Parks team love working with this group each year.”

At the meeting local martial arts specialist Aaron Mouser handed over a cheque for just over £400 which he raised by completing the Spar Craic 10k run held in Belfast on St Patrick’s Day. Handing over the cheque he said: I haven’t run a race in 12 years, and haven’t ran regularly since, but I thought I’d lace up the trainers for a great cause. I’m very passionate about the town and its people and hope that this money can be used to promote our town still further,” added Aaron.

A public meeting to discuss plans for 2024 will be held on Tuesday, April 16.