High achievers congratulated

Ballymena Town Hall. Editorial image.
Ballymena Town Hall. Editorial image.

Ballymena Mayor Audrey Wales has, for the final time, extended congratulations to local people on their achievements during the past month.

At the outset of last Monday night’s last ever meeting of Ballymena Borough Council in The Braid, Cllr Wales pointed out that she had fulfilled numerous Mayoral engagements during March and paid tribute to a lengthy list of local successes which included...

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley on being awarded the NI MP of the Year and receiving the Freedom of the City of London.

Ballymena Hospice Group on raising £95,000 for Hospice Care over the past year.

Cullybackey sisters Leanne Wiseman and Lynette Millar on the opening of their business, ‘toast’ in the village.

Allstate NI employee Neil Jordan on being given the Outstanding Employee Volunteer Award for his work with Radio Cracker in Ballymena.

Florist Wendy McKay of Leaf Design on qualifying for the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year competition at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Ballymena Academy on winning the Danske Bank Medallion Plate after defeating Down High School 17-5 at Roughfort.

Ballymena Academy Year 11 pupils, Matthew Petticrew and Callum Aiken on securing a place at the National Science and Engineering Finals at Birmingham NEC by winning Young Innovators 2014 and the overall Young Engineers Award at the Odyssey Arena Belfast last June.

St. Louis Grammar School’s Olivia Foley on securing a coveted place at the All-Ireland final of recycled

fashion competition ‘Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture in association with Repak’ with her design ‘Berry Bliss’; and, Ernest Tuff on becoming the newly crowned Champion Powerlifter of the World.

Mayor Wales pointed out that the 76-year-old Ballymena man, who has only been powerlifting for a year, lifted the title in the recent Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (IDFPA) National Deadlift championships in Cork, where he lifted 210kgs – setting the new world record.