Larne ‘jewel in Antrim crown’

Cheryl and Emily Preshaw are pictured with Frank Mitchell during the U105 Roadshow at Broadway. INLT 50-034-PSB
Cheryl and Emily Preshaw are pictured with Frank Mitchell during the U105 Roadshow at Broadway. INLT 50-034-PSB

UTV weatherman and U105 radio presenter Frank Mitchell has leant his support to the “I love Larne” campaign on a roadshow visit to the town.

The popular presenter, who visited the town with his radio roadshow on December 5, described Larne as the “jewel in Antrim’s crown” and asked: “Sure how could you not love Larne?”

Former School Around the Corner host Frank told the Times: “I’ve been to Larne many times doing bits for TV and features for UTV live. When we come to Larne we’re really positive, it’s a great place and there’s good craic. There’s a warmth in the air but sometimes as we know Larne gets a wee bit of negativity. We’re here to prove that Larne is bouncing on the countdown to Christmas.”

Listing Larne’s attractions, Frank continued: “I think it’s a great place with regards to being the gateway to tourism. It’s great for shopping, it’s right on the door step of the Glens of Antrim, I see the new road system and it’s going to be such a benefit to Larne.

“When you come down here you’re always welcomed by the people, there’s a vibrancy and a bit of craic and fun. There’s a business about the place which has to be applauded. I don’t think you can be negative about such a wonderful jewel in the Antrim crown.”

Commenting on the BBC’s recent documentary ‘I Love Larne,’ which attracted criticism for its portrayal of the town, Frank said: “My view would be that we like to be positive about places in Northern Ireland. I love Larne, how could you not love Larne?”