The Royal, Bangor

The Royal, Bangor

It doesn’t seem like six years ago but the Royal Hotel closed in 2014. I sometimes had lunch there and coffee when it wasn’t lunch time. I didn’t know it then but the hotel dated from 1773 although it had been rebuilt in 1932. When people said it had...
The new normal?

The new normal?

Yesterday I walked into Bangor town centre. There’s a lot more traffic on the roads than even a week ago although most shops are still closed. There are more cyclists than usual, many on shiny new bikes and some of them looking a bit shaky. At the marina there was...
Surf’s up

Surf’s up

A couple of years ago I saw kite surfers off Ballyholme Beach and anytime I was near I would drive by in the hope of seeing them again, especially on good windy days. I had expected to see them over the summer months but never did and I’d given up, thinking it...
The Big Wheel

The Big Wheel

Bangor, for the next few weeks anyway, has its very own Big Wheel. The wheel has been placed adjacent to the marina and gives a great view over the moored boats and the town itself. Its arrival has coincided with the best weather of the year to date with unbroken blue...
The Ford Capri Club

The Ford Capri Club

Today the Ford Capri Owners Club, Northern Ireland had a charity event in Bangor in aid of The Northern Ireland Cancer Centre. Although the event was organised by The Capri Club all Fords, old and reasonably new seemed welcome. Walking around the cars on display you...