Congratulations to Mr Rupert Cramsie on his appointment as High Sheriff of County Antrim for 2020, which was announced in the London Gazette today, he takes over from Mr Ronnie Hassard. To see the announcement, please click here.
Mr Rupert Cramsie lives at O'Harabrook, Ballymoney, County Antrim. His father was High Sheriff of County Antrim in 1989 and his Grandfather in 1950.
Please click here to find out more about the role of High Sheriff and how it differs from the Lieutenancy.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, is delighted to announce that 21 people from County Antrim have received National honours in the New Year's Honours List, which was released at 10:30pm by the London Gazette. For the full list, please click here:
The Lord-Lieutenant said "many, many congratulations to all those worthy recipients who have received National Honours. I am particularly pleased that 21 people from County Antrim have been recognised in the New Year's list. I am delighted for each and every one of you and I thank you for all that you have done. My very best wishes for the New Year."
If you think you know someone worthy of an honour, please do put them forward. Do not assume that someone else will do it. For further guidance, please see click here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, and the Antrim Lieutenancy, wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. In particular, our thoughts and thanks go out to everyone in the Emergency Services, and to all those who are volunteering this Christmas, for keeping us safe and well.
Mrs Julia Shirley, DL, called on Mrs Jane McCullagh, from Larne, and presented her with a card as she celebrates her 105th birthday this week.
During her lifetime there have been 18 US Presidents and, when asked what her earliest memory was, she clearly remembers her father returning from WW1 in 1918. An amazing lady and many happy returns from the Lord-Lieutenant and all the Antrim Lieutenancy.
Mr David McCorkell took up office as Lord-Lieutenant for County Antrim on the 29 June 2019. Lord-Lieutenants are appointed by the Crown by Letters Patent under the Great Seal. David’s Letters Patent were dated the 16 July 2019 and were enrolled in the Central Office of the Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland on 20 November 2019, as can be seen in the London Gazette Appointment Notice.
The Antrim Lieutenancy had another busy Remembrance period. The Lieutenancy was represented at events all over County Antrim.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, had the great honour of laying wreaths, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, for the first time, in Ballymena in the morning and in Antrim in the afternoon. He was accompanied by his Lord-Lieutenant Cadet, Cadet Sergeant Catherine Hill, Air Training Corps, and the High Sheriff of County Antrim, Mr Ronnie Hassard.
The new Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Miranda Gordon, DL, had the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim in Carrickfergus.
Deputy Lieutenants (DLs) attended a further eleven events and also had the honour of laying wreaths on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant in the following locations:
Ballycastle - Colonel Neil Salisbury, OBE, DL
Ballyclare - Danny Kinahan, DL
Ballymoney - Major John Pinkerton, TD, DL
Bushmills - Dr Peter Fitzgerald, CBE, DL
Carnmoney & Glengormley - Mrs Julia Shirley, DL
Larne - Mr Liam Kelly, JP, DL
Lisburn - Mr Eric Rainey, CVO, MBE, DL
Portrush - Dr Stephen Bailie, TD, DL
Whiteabbey - Dr Norman Walker, OBE, TD, JP, DL
Whitehead - Colonel Stewart Douglas, OBE, DL
Rathlin Island - Colonel Neil Salisbury, OBE, DL (Sunday 17th November 2019)
The Lieutenancy extends their warmest thanks to all of the local branches of the Royal British Legion that were involved.
Antrim & Newtonabbey Borough Council hosted a special reception to launch the Council’s VE Day 75 commemorations, a special Veterans’ Recognition reception was held at the Museum, at The Mill at Mossley Mill, on Thursday 7 November.
Watched on by their families, elected members, Military and Royal British Legion representatives, seven World War Two Veterans from the Borough, were each presented with a specially commissioned Poppy of Remembrance as a token of the Council’s thanks for their contribution in achieving Victory in Europe and restoring peace across many countries.
Images from Antrim & Newtonabbey Borough Council. For further information please see the Council website.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, attended the Festival of Remembrance at the Island Centre, Lisburn, hosted by the Lisburn Branch of the Royal British Legion, on Friday 8 November, and delivered a speech.
HRH The Earl of Wessex had two engagements in County Antrim on Thursday 10th October and he was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell.
As Royal Colonel, he visited 2nd Battalion The Rifles at Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn and afterwards, as a Trustee The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, the Belfast Activity Centre, the Stable Yard, Barnett Demense.
The hard work, dedication and passion of a group of local volunteers for keeping their town blooming and beautiful all-year-round has been rewarded with the highest form of civic recognition.
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