Portrush revival: Brexit and weak pound 'helping tourism'
The beauty of Northern Ireland's north coast made Portrush the go-to choice for family holidays for decades.
But in recent years it, like many other seaside towns, has struggled.
The advent of cheap flights abroad and a recession meant the County Antrim town was forced to reinvent itself from its 1950s heyday.
And while the weather this year has been as unstable as the political landscape, neither seem to be putting tourists off spending money, with more visitors from the Republic of Ireland providing a welcome revenue stream.
Visitors to the north coast traditionally come from other parts of Northern Ireland, said Naldo Morelli, managing director of Morelli's Ice Cream.
"But this year, I suppose with Brexit and the pound weakening a little bit we've noticed more customers from the Republic of Ireland, so that helps too," he said.
"The Northern Ireland public are very used to having four seasons in one day, so thankfully for us they eat ice cream no matter the weather."
Ice cream whatever the weather
Portrush's reinvention seems to be doing the trick for traders.
"Business is up 5% to 10% across the board, certainly the restaurants have been busy," said Ian Donaghey, the president of the Causeway Chamber of Commerce.
While the weather is not always kind, this is sometimes actually good for local businesses, added Mr Donaghey.
"If the weather is too good it keeps people on the beaches and they don't spend money in the town," he said.
"What some of the traders would tell you is that they like a sunny morning and a drizzly afternoon because it drives them into Barry's [amusement arcade] and the restaurants and bars."
Soft spot for the north coast
Portrush's much loved amusements and bucket-and-spade shops are still there, but now their neighbours are trendy coffee shops, restaurants and bars.
The town may not have completely shaken off its traditional image, but those who visit do not seem to mind.
Business owners hope a mixture of nostalgia and new attractions will keep people visiting the north coast for the rest of this summer season, and for many years to come.
It seems that come rain or shine, holidaymakers will always have a soft spot for Portrush.