The former army base in Ballykelly is set to be the venue for a motor sports event this summer which organisers hope will be a boost for the economy, writes Sheena Jackson.
The organisers, The Maiden City Motor Club, hope The Dog Leap Tarmac Stages Rally will be held at Shackelton on August 4.
President Jon McIvor believes the one-day event will be a money spinner for the borough, bring bed nights with visitors from all over Ireland.
“We’re over the moon,” he told the Journal, adding the event was confirmed earlier this week after meeting with the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
“We hope this will be a boost economically for the borough. We are expecting around 125 or so competitors, with their families, and as well as spectators. That will fill bed nights in the borough and people will be spending money. We hope after this event we can hold more because Shackleton has been lying dormant,” said the Ballykelly man, who will be course clerk.
Limavady Mayor, Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey, welcomed the news and said it was good to open the former base to the community and allow business opportunities.
SDLP Councillor Michael Coyle said: “It’s good to see that Shackelton will be used as a sporting venue. The Maiden City Motor Club has done a great job in acquiring Shackelton for this specialist stage event in mid summer.
“I hope this is a sign of things to come and this is the first of many events to be held by the community at Shackleton.”
Earlier this week, the Journal revealed how the OFMDFM has advertised to let 164 acres of land at Shackleton for agricultural use.