Cookstown set for Ulster’s Strongest Man event

COOKSTOWN District Council will host the 2012 Ulster Heat of the Strong Man competition in Cookstown Town Centre on Monday 7 May.

This event provides an opportunity to showcase our town and reaffirm its position as the ‘Retail Capital of Mid-Ulster’.

The distinctive layout of Cookstown town centre provides the ideal location for such high profile events, which will increase footfall to the town centre, resulting in positive benefits to local businesses and traders.

The hosting of the Ulster Heat of the Strong Man could not have been delivered without the support of the event sponsors, namely the main sponsor for the event Signworks, with individual challenges sponsored by Evolve Fitness & Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Daddy Promotions, Cookstown Town Centre Forum, Lafarge and Mid Ulster Mail & Tyrone Times. In addition a number of local companies provided support as friends of the event.

Mary McCullagh, Town Strategy Manager, stated ‘Through securing the Ulster Heat of the Strong Man competition in Cookstown Town Centre, we anticipate increased footfall into the town on Bank Holiday Monday. With increased footfall into the town we hope that local businesses and traders will reap positive rewards. I greatly appreciate the co-operation from local businesses and traders opening their premises on Bank Holiday Monday and their continued support for such events.”

“ I encourage visitors to the town to show their support to local businesses by browsing in the town’s array of shops and finding that special item this Bank Holiday Monday. Let’s hope that the sun shines, and the towns assets are showcased in full bloom to visitors from near and far.’

The event will take place from 12Noon-5.00pm along James Street. To facilitate the delivery of the event road closures will be in place from 7.30am - 6.00pm along James Street, from the Molesworth junction to the Burn Road junction. As part of the contingency plan, if there is a larger number of visitors than expected on the day, in order to accommodate this, road closures will be extended to include William Street. Sixteen Competitors will compete in six challenge events to win the coveted title of ‘Ulster’s Strongest Man 2012’.

Compere on the day is event promoter Glenn Ross, a Northern Irish International Strong Man and Powerlifter who has represented Ireland and the UK in several World Strongest Man competitions. Throughout the day there will be lots of fun activities and entertainment for all the family.

While attending the Strong Man event, why not pop into the shops and experience the unrivalled variety of shopping on offer? Cookstown’s retail offering ranges from family owned independent shops all located side by side with an abundance of well-known high street names and brands. Branch off the main thoroughfare and you’ll find an equally rich selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. Why not sample a quality meal or grab a quick cup of coffee, to enjoy the local hospitality and rest those weary feet after a fun filled day out in Cookstown.

Look out for the Strong Man poster on display in local businesses and give them your support this Bank Holiday Monday!

Come along and show your support for this unique family event this Bank Holiday Monday, and witness the ‘strength’ of ‘Ulster’s Strongest Man’!