Larne traders ‘won’t take this lying down’

Joint Owner of Thompson's Lighting Irene McGookin. INLT-44-703-con

Joint Owner of Thompson's Lighting Irene McGookin. INLT-44-703-con

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Local traders have voiced their frustration and disappointment that “positive” interviews were cut from the ‘I love Larne’ documentary.

The programme was greeted with widespread condemnation on social media, where it was accused of making the town a laughing stock.

Joint Owner of Ann's Pantry Helen Porter. INLT-44-705-con

Joint Owner of Ann's Pantry Helen Porter. INLT-44-705-con

Joint owner of Ann’s Pantry, Helen Porter, said that her positive comments on the town were left on the cutting room floor. She told The Times: “I was interviewed and I put across that this was a good place to visit and we wanted to attract people to our town, but it wasn’t used, it was cut. I was so disappointed. That was not a true reflection of our town. We have a great community spirit in Larne. A lot of people come together and do good work and a lot of things go on here.”

Another businesswoman who didn’t have the chance to air her views was joint owner of Thompson’s Lighting Irene McGookin, who said: “I believe in Larne and thought we were a good, newsworthy story but I was confused when we were cut out of the documentary. My message to people is don’t be but off: Larne is a fabulous place and this documentary will only make us have more pride and weld us together. We won’t take it lying down.”