Art tribute to Larne’s tourism pioneer reinstated

After years of campaigning a mosaic to the ‘founding father of Larne tourism’ has been reinstated in the east Antrim town.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 2:48 pm

When Larne Renovation Generation (LRG) was set up in 2016, the town only had one piece of art, which mysteriously fell down.

Following lobbying by LRG, the work has finally returned with funding from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Town Centre Action Plan.

The Henry McNeill mosaic can now be seen on Main Street, where it was recently unveiled by the Mayor, Councillor Peter Johnston and artist Janet Crymble.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, with Lynda Hill and Andy King, volunteers from LRG and artist Janet Crymble.

Andy King, who is a passionate volunteer for LRG, explained: “Henry McNeill is an important figure in Larne’s history. He was a well-known pioneer of tourism who owned the McNeill’s Hotel, brought tourists over from Scotland in the late 1800s and grew the town as a premier tourist destination.”

The mosaic can now be added to the expanding walking tour in the town centre which LRG provides free of charge to visitors in the summer months.

LRG comprises volunteers who are passionate about Larne and its surrounding area.

By enhancing the town with these beautiful pieces of art, the group hopes it will become an attraction for future tourists and also residents who will have the opportunity to learn more about the area’s history.

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