Larne’s small businesses ‘must be supported’

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The chairman of Larne Traders Forum has warned that the town centre will “die” unless shoppers lend their support to small businesses.

John Shannon said: “The heart of any town, no matter how large or small, needs independently-owned small businesses, but the consuming local public must support these business or the town will die.

“Over the past two years funding from DSD has helped the appearance of properties in the town centre,” he said, adding that as a result, the town looked ‘inviting’ during the festive season.