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Carrickfergus pastor and former Mayor’s chaplain presented with MBE for services to the community

Pictured, Ald Billy Ashe MBE, Lord-Lieutenant David McCorkell, Stephen Weir MBE, Chairman of the Ulster Defence Regiment Association, and Rev Dr Samuel Grant MBE.

A Carrickfergus pastor has been presented with an MBE in recognition of his services to the community.

Rev Dr Samuel Grant was presented with the Royal award by Her Majesty’s representative, Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, David McCorkell.

Rev Grant, whose career spanned almost five decades, was recognised in the Queen’s 2022 New Year Honours List.

A former manager at Courtaulds in the town, Rev Grant founded a church on the Albert Road, along with fellow former employees of the factory.

The church later moved to Sunnylands Community Centre and then North Road, before settling at its current location on Oakfield Drive.

Rev Grant served as Mayor’s chaplain on a number of occasions and held the same position with the Royal British Legion for more than 30 years. He was also padre of the Ulster Defence Regiment Association.

Alderman Billy Ashe MBE, who joined Rev Grant and the Lord-Lieutenant for the presentation, said the pastor’s role within the community in Carrickfergus was immense.

The former Mayor said:

“I was privileged and fortunate to have Rev Grant as my chaplain both in Carrickfergus and when I was chosen to be the first Mayor of Mid and East Antrim.

“I drew heavily on his counsel, and his support and guidance was invaluable.

“Rev Grant has made an almost immeasurable impact on the lives of so many in Carrickfergus and much further afield due to his missionary work over the years.

“I’m delighted for him and his family on the receipt of this well-deserved recognition.”


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