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Honorary Citizenship for Mr. Greg Tilque

04 October 2017


Approximately 60 guests attended the event including Lord Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie OBE, Mr. Peng representing the Chinese Consulate and US Consul General Daniel Lawton.

Mr. Tilque has been instrumental in establishing economic, educational and cultural links between Gilbert and Antrim and Newtownabbey. In 1998 the official partnership agreements were signed and Newtownabbey became Gilbert’s First Sister City. The Partnership with Gilbert was renewed in November 2016 following the amalgamation of the councils.

Speaking at the event, The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Councillor Paul Hamill said: “I wish to thank Greg for this pivotal role in this very successful partnership and to offer my warmest congratulation’s on this very special achievement and recognition”

Addressing the guests and Members Mr. Tilque said: “The partnership is focusing on the economic development aspects of the link during this visit and we will be meeting local businesses, as well as the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, to explore opportunities. This award couldn’t be more special, I feel truly honoured”