SLIDESHOW: Outgoing Council’s links with club hailed at United dinner

Ballymena United’s long-standing link with Ballymena Borough Council was highlighted at Saturday’s final pre-match lunch of the season.

It was the last such event before the local government reform next month.

Mayor of Ballymena, Councillor Audrey Wales, joins top table guests at Saturday's BUFC pre-match lunch. INBT 12-923H

Mayor of Ballymena, Councillor Audrey Wales, joins top table guests at Saturday's BUFC pre-match lunch. INBT 12-923H

Master of ceremonies Edwin McLaughlin told guests: “You only have to look around you to see what Ballymena Borough Council has done for this club and for the town in general.”

Saturday’s sold-out event attracted a bumper turnout of 32 tables.

Thanks go to the following table sponsors – McBurney Transport, Ahoghill Thistele, Alan Francey Coach Hire, Ballymena Spurs SC, Ballymena United YA, Bank of Ireland, Billy Anderson and Friends, Cloughmills NI SC, Colin Taylor and Friends, Dave Harris and Friends, Dougies Goodies, Fountain Bar, Glenfield Renewables, Gregory Warwick and Friends (x2), Ian McKeown and Friends, McIlrath Solicitors, Neeson Clan, Paramount BUFC SC, Rodney Fleck Specialist Cars, Seven Towers BUFC SC, Slemish N Tha Braid Credit Union, Spirit of ’89 SC, System Controls, The 12th Man, The Thursday Night Club, The Young Guns, Wakehurst Old Boys (x2), William Hamill and Sons and WS Mercer.