Mayor delighted to welcome Prince Harry on first visit to NI

Thursday 7 September 2017

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council was among invited guests to welcome Prince Harry to the Borough on his first visit to NI.

Cllr Paul Reid and Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy attended the official opening of Ballymena’s new £5.6million Ambulance Station.

His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque at the new facility officially commemorating his visit.

Mayor Cllr Reid said, “It was an honour to greet the Prince and welcome him to our Borough. We’re delighted that His Royal Highness began his first visit to Northern Ireland, right here in Mid and East Antrim. It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase the great work happening in Ballymena to the rest of the UK.”

Chief Executive Anne Donaghy said, “We are very proud to be the first place that Prince Harry has chosen to visit on his primary visit to NI. We have a fantastic facility here in our Borough and it’s an honour to welcome the Prince to Ballymena to officially open it.”

The new Northern Ireland Ambulance Service station combines Ballymena Ambulance Station and North Division Headquarters. The Prince was briefed on the design of the new building and watched demonstrations of the station's resources, including the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) capability, Emergency Resilience and Training Team.

Prince Harry met some of the staff and crews to learn about their work in the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service. He also took time to greet crowds of well-wishers who had gathered outside before he left for Belfast.

Prince Harry will visit Ballymena, Belfast and Hillsborough during his first visit to Northern Ireland. The Prince will meet people from across the region, with a focus on the emergency services and young people.

Prince Harry will then head to Belfast to visit Co-operation Ireland and complete his day in Northern Ireland by attending a Garden Party at Hillsborough Castle.