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Mayor congratulates locals honoured by the Queen

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, has congratulated local people following their inclusion in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Among those honoured are borough residents who have been recognised for their commitment to the community, charities, healthcare and Local Government.

Speaking following the release of this year’s list, Mayor Johnston said:

“I am delighted to see the hard work, dedication and selflessness of so many local people being rewarded in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

“These individuals are making a huge impact on the lives of so many and the communities they live and work in. All too often that unwavering dedication goes without proper recognition and it is wonderful to see it being celebrated.

“My heartfelt appreciation and congratulations are extended to everyone who has received these prestigious awards.”

Among those named in this year’s honours are Ken Bruce for services to charity and community in Larne, Ballymena woman Muriel Barr for services to the Northern Ireland Hospice, Desmond Graham for services to the community in Carrickfergus, George Irvine for services to education and the community in Carrickfergus, John Monteith for services to adults with learning disabilities and Hazel Bell for her services to Social Housing.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Anne Donaghy, received an OBE in recognition of her services to Local Government and her efforts in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The list had been due to be published in June but was postponed to ensure individuals who played crucial roles in the first months of the Coronavirus outbreak could be added.

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