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Antrim's Spinning Yarns Festival proved to be a 'darn' good event!

THE inaugural Spinning Yarns Festival at Antrim Castle Gardens was a great success as the crowds weaved their way through the colourful pattern of events on Saturday and Sunday.

This two-day festival of creativity, craft, fashion and food was a work of art appreciated by the thousands who attended.

Chef, broadcaster and author Paula McIntyre MBE inspired the crowds with her ‘Lamb and Linseed’ theme while fashion designer and BBC’s The Great Sewing Bee contestant Angeline Murphy had a captive audience as she shared advice and tips on the world of fashion.

The Gardens where brought alive with the amazing exhibitions and displays which included Yarn Bombing and The Estate - a 2D yarn representation of the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey, created by a group of local ladies, Hookery Craft Group.

Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman John Smyth said it was ‘a privilege to attend’.

“Given our Borough has a rich textile heritage, it is fantastic to host this event in Antrim Castle Gardens.

“This is a great day out for the whole family to enjoy and I look forward to the next one”

The marketplace had everything on offer from funky knits to luxurious linen gifts pleasing the crowds as they threaded their way through the many stalls. The Afternoon Tea and Fashion Tent was another popular attraction.

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