young people from the Carrickfergus area are looking forward to embarking on an exciting exchange trip to Kentucky this summer as part of a Sister Cities partnership which has received financial support from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

In July, nine youths between the ages of 14 and 19 will spend time with families in Danville in the USA, before travelling home to Carrickfergus and hosting nine young people from Danville in an exchange project.

The local teenagers are all members of UPLIFT Performing Arts Community Youth Group and have been busy fundraising for the cost of their trip, but after Council agreed to make a contribution of £3,000 towards the initiative, those efforts have received a boost.

The funding represents approximately 50% of the group’s travel costs and was approved under Council’s Sister Cities Exchange programme.

Alderman Billy Ashe MBE said: “It was a long-time ambition of mine for the Sister City arrangement to afford our young people the opportunity for exchange visits.

“Our young people will experience the Danville way of life at an important stage in their personal development and in turn will play host to a group of young people from Danville. Hopefully connections will be made that are meaningful and will last a lifetime.”