During a special council meeting last night ( Thursday 22nd June 2017 ) councillors unanimously honoured the ‘Freedom Of The Borough’ to North West 200 race director Mervyn Whyte MBE.
Mervyn from Limavady, signed up as a volunteer marshal for the North West 200 in the early 70’s and succeeded Billy Nutt as clerk of the course in 2000 and then going on to become race director.
A spokesperson for Causeway Coast & Glens Council said : ‘This Council bestows the Freedom of the Borough upon Mr Mervyn Whyte MBE, Race Director of the International NW200 in recognition of his services to the NW200 race and motorsport in Northern Ireland’.”
UPDATED – Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this afternoon, Mervyn Whyte MBE said “This is a huge honour and privilege to be granted the Freedom of the Borough. I appreciate the huge support from the elected members , particularly as the new Council covers a large area and takes in my home town of Limavady.
I never forget my roots and feel so honoured. The North West 200 is a massive event grown immensely over the past 10 – 15 years. With support of Council long may it continue.”
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community shortly after the decision DUP Councillor Aaron Callan said “As a fellow Limavady man I am pleased to see Mervyn White MBE get the unanimous backing of Councillors to receive the freedom of our Borough. This is the highest honour that a Council can bestow on any individual or group and it is fitting that Mervyn will be the second person we have given this honour to. It’s a proud moment for Mervyn and his family but also for Limavady and everyone involved in the NW200.”
Entertainment Promoter, Compere and DJ Brian Moore congratulated Mervyn this morning by saying “Mervyn Whyte and his relatively small team deliver, year on year, one of the most spectacular events this small country has the honour to host. It’s head and shoulders above anything similar and it’s Mervyn’s guiding hand and hard work that has made it so – no-one is more deserving of this accolade.”
Mervyn will be formally conferred the honour at a ceremony within the next few weeks.