Mayor in praise of local achievements

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The successes achieved and awards won by local individuals, groups, and businesses during December have been commended by the Mayor.

At the outset of Council’s January meeting, Cllr Audrey Wales extended congratulations to...

Local people who received awards in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List including Cllr Beth Adger for services to local government and young people in NI, and Ald. Maurice Mills for services to local government, who received MBEs; Margaret Gurney (Ballymena, Antrim) services to the community and Michael Campbell (Larne, Antrim) for services to charitable fundraising, who received BEMs; Geraldine McGahey (Larne Borough Council) for services to local government and James Boyce (Carrickfergus, Antrim) for services to football, who received OBEs.

The Radio Cracker team of volunteers who raised another significant £59,100 for charity in the past year.

Recently opened business premises including the ‘Heavenly’ beauty salon, ‘The Jam Factory’ coffee shop, ‘Red Star Music’, ‘Caffe Tosca’ and ‘Follow Coffee’.

Brian McCullough, a Human Resources and Learning Development professional at CDE Global Ltd., on being awarded the DMS Human Resource & Development Professional of the Year title for 2014.

Local directors who took up honours at the Institute of Directors - Damian McGarry of Wrightbus International, Alan McKeown of Dunbia and Mike Mullan of Moypark.

Grants Electrical Service NI Ltd on investing over £300,000 in growth and also having investment supported by Invest NI for marketing and job creation.

Colm McCready (18) whose film ‘Norma’ was shortlisted for the AES Cinematic Young Filmmaker competition.

Former Cambridge House Student Emily Hill who recently won a second prize at the annual SPD painting awards for her creative painting ‘Cullybackey Sandpit’.

Ballymena Academy pupils Jonathon McKeown and Lochlann Allison on winning the top two places in the annual Edgar Graham Memorial Public Speaking Competition.

The Mayor also extended best wishes to long-serving manager of Dogs Trust’s Ballymena Rehoming Centre, Mary Carney.

Cllr Wales commented: “Mary is one of the longest serving stalwarts. She has helped the Dog’s Trust to establish their re-homing centre and has assisted with thousands of rescued dogs over her 30 years’ service,” adding her “dedication and commitment to Animals at the Trust I am sure will be greatly missed”.