Speakers on the night entertained the Larne Business Awards audience with a wealth of humorous anecdotes, including:
“I remember in the Hole in the Wall Gang they asked, ‘How do you start a small business in Larne?’
The answer was to start a big business.-Mayor of Larne Cllr Martin Wilson on how times have changed.
“75 years the Council has taken to get a Mayor like me and then what do they do? They get rid of the Council!”- Councillor Martin Wilson.
“Carnfunnock Hell’s Angels boasts Drew Niblock and John Matthews. Sammy Wilson is being considered.
“All will be well as long as his MOT and insurance are up to date.”
-NITB chairman and managing director of Hastings Hotels, Dr Howard Hastings, OBE
“There are an estimated 60 million golfers in the world, and the best one lives here.”
-Dr Howard Hastings
“We can look forward to seeing our councillors in their starring roles on the next series of Game of Thrones, the HBO blockbuster series which is largely filmed in these parts.
“Whilst t he council chamber may lack some of the baronial splendour of some of the film sets, councillors scored highly on trhe casting couch, with their understanding of the political intrigue central to the plot lines.”-Dr Howard Hastings
The NITB chairman also highlighted the potential for tourism which the Gobbins Coastal Footpath restoration would bring to the area:
“Visitor forecasts for the Gobbins Coastal Footpath restoration hope to realise 75,000 visitors per annum and provide a unique stop-off point.”
“The historic (Gobbins) cliff path in its former glory attracted more visitors than the Giant’s Causeway.
“Indeed the Gobbins Coastal experience has the potential to capitalize on Northern Ireland’s most prized natural asset, its coastline.”