THERE will be no shortage of festive cheer in the Girvan household next week after he pulled off his own 'Great Escape' to retain the South Antrim seat.
Brexit cast a long shadow over the election campaign, and while the Remainers won the local battle for hearts and minds, it was the DUP who ultimately won the war.
It was a remarkable feat - but make no mistake Paul Girvan is a lucky man. On a poor night for the Democratic Unionists he somehow presided over a Christmas miracle, and as the masses gathered for no fewer than eight counts in a positively Baltic Meadowbank Sports Arena in the early hours of Friday morning it felt for all the world that he might even top it off with some snow.
*Full South Antrim election coverage in this week’s Antrim Guardian