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Mayor says ‘shop local’ this Christmas

ARDS and North Down Mayor Alderman Alan Graham is encouraging residents to ‘shop local’ this festive season. The first citizen’s appeal plea comes on the back of the United Kingdom (UK) wide ‘shop local first’ campaign that aims to raise consumer awareness of the benefits of shopping in local stores and help keep community businesses viable.



Fund brings out the stars for Chris

THE Christopher McCollum Fund held its first charity gala dinner in the Culloden Estate and Spa. Christopher, from Bangor, had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and passed away in 2001 aged 16. The charity was set up in 2008 to raise funds for equipment for young disabled people and for research into Duchenne. The funds raised on

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Bangor movie rises to dizzy screen heights

ONE OF Bangor’s most recognisable buildings is hitting the dizzy heights of cinemas across the world – and earning rave reviews in the process. Last year Hollywood’s hottest came to town to film High-Rise, a star-studded thriller featuring A-listers Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller. Based in the disused Bangor Castle Leisure Centre, an easily recognisable


Punk party a big bash

THE birthdays of BBA’s Tom Calwell and Kris Samuels were celebrated last Saturday in Wolsey’s Bar at the BBA Birthday Bash. First up was Thee Dirt Byrds from Bangor with a great set of original material plus a couple of covers including the lead track on their EP Coz I Luv U. Buck Eejit  the


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Clinics cancelled as A&E pressures mount at hospital

‘UNPRECEDENTED pressures’ at the emergency department of the Ulster Hospital have resulted in the cancellation of some outpatient clinics today (Thursday). The move follows similar cancellations yesterday (Wednesday) and on Tuesday to free up staff to cope with the emergency workload. In another bid to ease the pressure, ambulances were diverted to other hospitals for



Fagin-style gang preyed on pensioners

TWO Romanian nationals who preyed on pensioners in Donaghadee and Bangor, posing as charity workers while stealing purses, have been accused of ‘despicable dishonesty’ by a judge. At Ards Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, Dinarca Almas, aged 21, with an address listed as Harford Street, Portadown, pleaded guilty to stealing £200 belonging to Sandra Griffiths on July