A council has been criticised over the presence of an inflatable, sinking ship in one of its parks on the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

The slide was among a number of facilities provided to entertain children in Lough Shore park on Sunday.

UUP councillor Adrian Watson said a number of people had complained to him that the timing was in bad taste.

Antrim Borough Council said it had been provided by a private contractor and no offence had been intended. Mr Watson said he had contacted the council about the issue after receiving several complaints from the public.

He said: “They thought it was a wee bit in bad taste. It was fair criticism.” In a statement, the council said: “Over the last three years during the spring and summer at Antrim Lough Shore Park, children’s activities have been provided by a private contractor.

“These include a miniature railway and various inflatables including a giant slide designed to replicate a ship. Last weekend the children’s activities were operating as normal. Neither the contractor nor the council intended this to cause offence to anyone.”

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