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Big and bright as Youth of the 80s Disco returns to Ballymena in aid of Cancer Research UK


Get out your brightest and tightest fashion, and get teasing, frizzing and curling for big hair, as the Ballymena Youth of the 80’s Disco returns this weekend in the town in aid of Cancer Research UK and in support of World Cancer Day.


Initially cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, recent relaxations announced by the Executive means the glitter balls can turn and fluorescents can light up the dance floor.


Manager of the Cancer Research UK charity shop (Ballymoney Street, Ballymena), Alwynne McLaughlin commented:


“At last we can disco the night away!


“Firstly, I want to thank Noel Hutchinson for without him coming up with the idea of putting together a group of friends all those years ago known now as the ‘Ballymena Youth of the 80s’, none of this would probably be happening. Thank you for your ongoing support to the Cancer Research Shop.”


Alwynne McLaughlin and Stephen Neilly.


Alwynne went on to thank Stephen Neilly from The Partyzone Shop, who generously agreed to give a discount on any 80s outfits and accessories bought for the disco. Stephen has a large range of stock available in his Greenvale Street store, suitable for those decade-old vibes.

Ballymena Youth of the 80s Disco will kick-off on Saturday evening (5 February) from 8pm ‘til late in the Adair Arms Hotel.



Photographs from the last 80s Disco back in 2020.



Tickets are on sale and can be purchased from both the Cancer Research Shop and The Partyzone in the town, or The Kiosk At the railway station.


Cancer Research UK (Ballymena) will be holding a street collection on Friday 4 February, and Tesco will also be collecting in store for the same worthy cause. The team would be grateful for community support.