In advance of the BBC screening of the concert tonight I wish to express my thanks to North Down Borough Council, the Police Service of NI and all others involved in the Snow Patrol concert which took place on Saturday 5 June 2010 at Ward Park, Bangor.
I managed to secure tickets to attend the concert for my partner and I and we really enjoyed the event. Snow Patrol truly took back the town (rather than the city!) and made me feel very proud as a Bangorian that North Down was able to host such a fantastic event.
Businesses across the Borough benefited from the concert with little trouble and positive image of North Down portrayed as a vibrant, dynamic and diverse Borough.
I, and many others, often have to travel to Belfast and beyond for entertainment but on Saturday night we were able to give up Chasing Cars and dander to and from the concert.
With such a big event some problems were bound to occur but, thankfully, these were relatively small with only a few people arrested and thousands successfully transported home by Translink. Whilst I was annoyed at having to wait about an hour to buy a pint I am prepared to let such issues pale into insignificance when you consider that over 40,000 people attended the Concert.
If anyone asks me whether I want more similar events in North Down my answer is simple, Just Say Yes!
9 June 2010