Today the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, KStJ, takes over the role of Knight Commander of Ards, the head of the Order of St John in Northern Ireland. The Commandery of Ards overseas the Order's activities in Northern Ireland, which are primarily focused on St John Ambulance NI. He succeeds the Viscount Brookeborough, KG, KStJ.
The Commandery of Ards sits within the Priory of England and the Islands of the Order of St John. The Order of St John is a British Order of Chivalry, with HM The Queen as Sovereign Head. HRH The Duke of Gloucester is the Grand Prior.
24th June marks the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist or “St John’s Day”. The Order is dedicated to John the Baptist and it has the motto "Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum", which translates as 'For Faith, For Service to Humanity' and reflects the Order's Christian values.
The Lord-Lieutenant's appointment as a Knight of St John can be view on the London Gazette by clicking here.
This weekend marked Armed Forces Day in Northern Ireland. Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.
The events in Northern Ireland were focused on Carrickfergus this year. Unfortunately COVID19 restrictions meant that events had to be reduced in scale this year.
Despite this, the Antrim Lieutenancy was busy at events across the County. On Friday evening, the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, attended the (38th) Brigade Commander’s supper in Thiepval Barracks Officers’ Mess, Lisburn.
On Saturday the Lord-Lieutenant joined events in Carrickfergus, which included raising the flag, a gun salute and fly past by the Red Arrows. He then enjoyed walking around the display stands of a number of the regular and reserve armed forces.
He was joined by his Lord-Lieutenant Cadet, Cadet Sergeant Major Emma Ellison of 1st (NI) Bn ACF.
Mr Freddie Hall, OBE, QGM, DL, and Mr Danny Kinahan, DL, also represented the Lieutenancy to raise the flag for Armed Forces Day in Lisburn and Newtownabbey respectively.
Congratulations to the 19 people from County Antrim who were honoured in The Queen's Birthday Honours list released this evening. County Antirm continues to have a high percentage of the honours issued in Northern Ireland. The honours issued are made up of 8 MBEs and 11 BEMs.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, expressed his hearty congratulations to all the recipients and thanked them for their selfless service to the community and Northern Ireland as a whole.
The full County honours list is as follows:
Order of the British Empire
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Mrs Afaf Abdrabou ALY - Lisburn
Chair, Egyptian Society of Northern Ireland. For services to UK-Egypt Relations and Anti-racism in Northern
Ireland (County Antrim).
Mr David Alexander BROOKES -Lisburn
Civilian Security Officer, Northern Ireland Security and Guarding Service. For services to Defence and to Charity (County Antrim)
Ms Margaret Christine DAVIS -Whiteabbey
For services to Community Relations in Northern Ireland (County Antrim)
Mr David JEFFREY-Newtownabbey
Manager, Ballymena Utd. For services to Association Football and Community
Relations in Northern Ireland (County Antrim)
Mr Stanley James LEE -Ballymoney
For services to People with Learning Difficulties in Northern Ireland (County Antrim)
Mrs Marian MCCOUAIG - Ballycastle
Principal, Kylemore Nursery School, Coleraine, Ulster. For services to Education (County Antrim)
Mrs Angela Eileen REID -Islandmagee
For services to Care Home Residents particularly during Covid-19 (County Antrim)
Mr John STUART- Ballymena
For services to the community in Ballymena, County Antrim (County Antrim)
Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
Miss Lynsey Anne AGNEW-Lisburn
For services to the Lisburn Foodbank, especially during the Covid-19 Crisis (County Antrim)
Mr Andrew COCHRANE -Ballymena
For services to Disability Sport and Mental Health Awareness (County Antrim)
Mrs Tracey Yvonne ELLIOTT -Lisburn
Manager, Lisburn Unit, St John Ambulance. For voluntary service to St John Ambulance and the community in
Northern Ireland (County Antrim)
Mr Thomas David HAIGHTON -Carrickfergus
For services to Adults with Learning and Physical Disabilities (County Antrim)
Stephen John MCCOY-Toomebridge
Fundraiser, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. For services to the community and Charity in Toomebridge, County Antrim
Maintenance Foreman, Education Authority, Northern Ireland. For services to Education (County Antrim)
Mrs Pamela-Ann NUGENT-Carryduff
Personal Secretary, Executive Officer 2, Department of Finance. For services to Men and Boys with Eating Disorders in Northern Ireland (County Antrim)
Miss Valerie Elizabeth PEACOCK -Ballymena
For services to the Children’s Hospice, Northern Ireland (County Antrim)
Anna Rosemary STEELE- Stoneyford
For services to Cross Community Relations in Northern Ireland (County Antrim)
Mrs Deborah Elizabeth WALKER-Carrickfergus
For services to the community in Belfast (County Antrim)
Robert Alexander YARR -Upper Ballinderry
For services to Church Choral Music in Ballinderry Parish Church (County Antrim)
The full honours list can be viewed on the London Gazette website, by clicking here or copying the following link:
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