Hillsborough’s Georgian architecture and “immaculate state” have helped earn the village top honours in Ulster’s annual ‘Best Kept’ competition.
This is the first time in 10 years the Co Down beauty spot has achieved the ‘Best of the Best’ accolade – having pipped the picturesque Broughshane in Co Antrim to the ‘Best Kept Large Village’ title.
The co-operation between residents, businesses and Lisburn City Council in ensuring the high standards are maintained was also said to be a major factor in the judges’ final decision.
Other category winners include Enniskillen (large town), Moira (medium town) and Holywood (small town). The best kept small village award for 2013 went to Lack in Co Fermanagh.
Lisburn’s mayor Cllr Margaret Tolerton, who attended yesterday’s awards ceremony, said it was a “fantastic result for Hillsborough” and added: “This success is down to team effort. Awards like these are hard worked for and involve planning, enthusiasm, pride in work and doing one’s best.”