Hundreds of people in Northern Ireland have been recognised for their contributions to the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list including the following locals :
Raymond Pollock – (MBE) – For charitable services to the community.
Columb Henry – (MBE) – For services to the community in Northern Ireland.
Robert Caldwell – (MBE) – For services to the RNLI and the community in Northern Ireland.
Alan Corry- Finn – (MBE) – Vice President of Trustees, Northern Ireland Hospice and Director of nursing, primary care and older people, Western Health and Social Care Trust. For services to nursing.
Anne Irene Love – (MBE) – Volunteer manager, Western Health and Social Care Trust. For services to the community in Northern Ireland.
Johann Cathy Muldoon – (MBE) – For services to business and architecture.
Elizabeth Campbell – (BEM) – For services to girl guiding in Northern Ireland.
Michael Cecil – (OBE) – Chairman, Rathlin Development & Community Association. For services to community development on Rathlin Island.
Norman Lynas – (OBE) Chairman, Lynas Foodservice. For services to the business sector, to charity, and the community of Northern Ireland.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community tonight, Ulster Unionist William McCandless said “Each year in June, honours are awarded by the Royal Family for service to the country to mark her official birthday. Her Majesty the queen celebrates her birthday twice each year. The day on which she was born 21/4 and her ‘official’ birthday in June.
The tradition of official birthdays started in 1748 by George II due to the generally inclement British weather.
George II birthday was in November, which was too cold for a birthday parade so he combined with the trooping of the colour and it is a tradition that was continued.
Conferring honours for investiture, the names are announced by the cabinet office twice a year – In the New year and June and presented by members of the Royal Family. These awards are for merit, service or bravery. I am pleased to see that our Borough has the following well known people recognised who have contributed their time and effort to the wellbeing of the citizens of this Borough and beyond.
DUP Councillor Aaron Callan said ‘It is always great to see our local area represented within the honours list especially for work in the community. Many of those nominated have given many years of endeavour to improve the local area in different ways. We should all be proud to see local people get rewarded for their efforts and I personally send my heartily congratulations to each recipient.’