THERE was praise this week for town traders who supported the recent Dromore In Action November Fair and a suggestion for those who didn't.
"To the one or two businesspeople who always complain about the fair," said the Dromore In Action group's Helen McFadden, "perhaps if they would join in the fun of the fair it would mean more benefit for their businesses."
Mrs. McFadden said a big 'thank-you' went to all the other businesses for supporting what was an otherwise "very successful" event, even though the Teddy Bears' Picnic and Dog Show were rained off.
It was hoped that both events could be held at a later date, she said.
According to Mrs. McFadden trade amongst the almost 30 charity stalls was "very brisk", again until the rain intervened. She went on to thank Dromore In Action's Peter Branker, for serving as DJ for the day, and Annette, for singing.
The previous evening's Autotest event at Quillyburn Industrial Estate had been very well attended, she said.
She thanked all those who had helped make the Autotest such a huge success, including the landowner at Quillyburn, John Graham (Dromore) Ltd., the marshalls on the night, Dromore Police, Dromore Fire and Rescue, Miss November Fair, Lisa Martin; Banbridge Council, its chairman, Councillor Liz Ingram; past chairman, Councillor Norah Beare and drivers Mark, Colin, William, Tommy, Rodney, and Stephen.
Mrs. McFadden was echoed by Autotest organiser, Constable Mark McGarrity of Dromore's Neighbourhood Policing Team, who announced that the event had raised 505 for the Shine A Light children's cancer charity.
Con. McGarrity thanked everyone who assisted him with the event, not least the drivers who took part, thrilling passengers at 5 a drive.
Also, Dromore In Action, Thompson Developments, Cottage Catering, Graham's Construction, Banbridge District Council, A1 Tyres, Peter McNeice of Prestige Vehicles, J.P. Corry, Jennifer Rankin (catering), Free Presbyterian Church (car park), St. John's Ambulance Service and the Fire and Rescue Service for "rescuing" him from a vehicle by removing the roof.
"I hope that I can count on all the sponsors," he added, "as a further night is planned for May Fair time."
Both Mrs. McFadden and Con. McGarrity thanked Roy Orr of Successful Security for the donation of a helicopter ride over Dromore as a ballot prize. Tickets (5) for the draw, which is to take place at a later date, remain available from Con. McGarrity, Mrs. McFadden or any member of Dromore In Action.