Honours Ceremony at Hillsborough Castle
Proud recipients and their families in the newly refurbished Hillsborough Castle
A very special day for individuals and their families as they become British Citizens
Rosemary O'Donnell DL represented the Lord Lieutenant of County Londonderry as she conducted the Citizenship Ceremony held at Lisburn & Castlereagh Island Centre on Friday 26th July 2019. Mrs O'Donnell commented on how much she had enjoyed the event and been touched by the ceremony which obviously meant so much those receiving their certificates. There were 32 recipients along with 42 guests, all family and friends.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
presented to The North West 200
The North West 200 is a world renowned event, which this year brought 185,000 spectators to County Londonderry and an economic benefit of £8 million into the local economy. The week long motorcycle event relies on over 800 volunteers to ensure eveything runs smoothly and safely. Their enormous efforts (over 90 years!) are rightly acknowledged by Her Majesty the Queen. Receiving the award from the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Alison Millar, is Race Director Mervyn Whyte MBE on the left and Chief Marshal Cathal Cunning on the right.
DETAILS OF HOW TO APPLY FOR THIS AWARD CAN BE FOUND ON OUR HONOURS AND AWARDS PAGE
60th Wedding Anniversary Congratulations
Viviene and Dessie Wright from Coleraine receive 60th anniversary congratulations from Her Majesty.
Dessie is reknowned for his ploughing skills which won him many awards and World Championship Titles. He and Viviene have long been involved with the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association and have contributed much to their rural community over the years. Lady Karen Girvan DL was delighted to represent The Lord Lieutenant at thier party in The Lodge Hotel in Coleraine.
100th BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS
May Cunningham from Magherafelt (left),George Logue from Eglinton(centre)and Margaret Saxon from Maghera (right) receiving 100th birthday wishes from Her Majesty. Alongside their families are Mr David Cunningham DL, and Rosemary O'Donnell DL representing The Lord Lieutenant of Co Londonderry.
SPECIAL MENTIONS FROM THE LIEUTENANCY OF COUNTY LONDONDERRY
A special guest at the launch of the Portstewart Branch of The Royal British Legion as, along with DL Lady Karen Girvan MBE, is her Irish Terrier, Rogan. During WW1 many Irish Terriers served in the Allied Trenches; highly intelligent dogs they were trained to carry messages, scout out enemy positions, even catch vermin! It should be remembered that many dogs and other animals, such as horses, pigeons, mules, were put into service, with many thousands losing their lives in the war effort.
Pictured with Lady Girvan (centre left) and Rogan the Terrier, are Branch Chairman Tommy Henry (left), Cathy Loughery, Appeals Organiser (centre) and Branch President Alan Anderson