Council set to confer Honorary Freedom of Borough on Mrs Joan Christie
Monday 9 April 2018
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is set to confer the Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Antrim.
Elected Members agreed on the hugely prestigious award to the Queen’s official representative, at a meeting of the Council last August.
It followed a motion proposed by Councillor Billy Ashe and seconded by Councillor Audrey Wales MBE.
The official conferment ceremony will take place at The Braid in Ballymena on Saturday 21 April 2018.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Paul Reid, said: “The Freedom of the Borough is the highest accolade Council can award a citizen.
“Since Mrs Christie was appointed Lord-Lieutenant, she has been an incredible representative of Her Majesty and a tireless ambassador for our area.
“Mrs Christie is a true friend of the people of Mid and East Antrim and this award is recognition of all her hard work and commitment to our Borough. She is unwavering in her support for our people and this Council and exudes warmth and kindness at every one of her many personal engagements.
"We look forward to honouring a truly outstanding individual for her remarkable public service.”
Cllr Ashe’s motion, put to Council back in August, read: “That this Council confers the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Mid and East Antrim on Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE.
“This award is in recognition of Mrs Christie’s commitment and service as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Antrim.
“Through her service, Mrs Christie has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to County Antrim, and an outstanding contribution to Mid and East Antrim.”
Cllr Ashe said: “Mrs Christie has been extremely active as Lord-Lieutenant.
“I have had the privilege of serving terms as Mayor of the old Carrickfergus Borough Council and also the first Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and I have witnessed first-hand Mrs Christie’s devotion and dedication to the people of our Borough and County Antrim.
“She is held in very high esteem by our residents and has been a sterling ambassador for Her Majesty the Queen.
“Mrs Christie has served the position with great devotion and enthusiasm.”
He added: “Mrs Christie has a dedication that should be set as an example to all in public service.
“Mrs Christie has also shown unique ability to help us all look at the bigger picture, bringing us all together and focused on a County Antrim basis.”
Cllr Wales said: “I have known Mrs Christie for many years and was delighted when she was appointed to serve as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant in September of 2008.
“I always knew Mrs Christie was exceptionally busy and committed to her role.
“However, during my terms as Mayor of our predecessor council of Ballymena and last year as Mayor of Mid and East Antrim I discovered just how busy she really is.
“Her dedication is inspiring, in particular how supportive she is of all the community groups and young people across the county.”
She added: “Mrs Christie has brought a unique focus to the role of Lord-Lieutenant and an exceptional commitment and energy to the position.”