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Former Mayor ‘proud and humbled’ by MBE award in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Monday 11 June 2018

Former Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Councillor Billy Ashe has told of his surprise and pride at being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Former Mayor ‘proud and humbled’ by MBE award in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The veteran politician, who represents the Carrick Castle ward, was bestowed the prestigious accolade for services to local government in Northern Ireland.

Councillor Ashe said: “I am proud and humbled by this award.

“It came as a complete shock but a lovely surprise.

“I accept the MBE on behalf of all of our remarkable citizens and groups throughout Carrickfergus, and Mid and East Antrim.

“This was a real team effort and my thanks go everybody at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council led up by Chief Executive Anne Donaghy.

“It is every Ulsterman and woman’s dream to be acknowledged by Her Majesty The Queen.

“It is a privilege to serve and represent our people on Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and I thank them for their continued support and look forward to continuing to work for the betterment of all in our area and across Northern Ireland.”

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim congratulated all the recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours, including her Council colleague Councillor Ashe, hailing their “incredible achievements”.

Councillor Lindsay Millar said: “The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018 recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people from across the UK.

“I am extremely proud Mid and East Antrim was well represented and those listed recognised for their incredible achievements.

“These awards celebrate the selfless individuals who do so much to improve the lives of those around them.

“Every one of them has been selected for their dedication, commitment and tireless work in helping to improve the lives of others, and I offer them all my warmest congratulations and gratitude for their efforts.”

The full list of recipients can be found on NI Direct.