Official Renaming of Lilian Bland Pavilion
30 May 2017
Located in Glengormley, Lilian Bland Pavilion was officially renamed on 30 May 2017 by the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott. The Pavilion is located in the heart of Glengormley and serves the community with its’ extensive offering of many classes and clubs with a range of activities from gymnastics to woodcarving. The venue also plays host to Council summer schemes and has been the home of Glengormley Bowling Club since 1959.
The park where the Pavilion is based was renamed Lilian Bland Community Park in 2011, in commemoration of the remarkable achievements of the local lady Lilian Bland. Between 1909 and 1911 she carried out aviation experiments which resulted in her remarkable achievement of designing, building and flying her own aeroplane, the Mayfly, from Carnmoney Hill.
The Mayor Councillor John Scott commented “The park where the Pavilion is located was renamed Lilian Bland Community Park in 2011 and the Mayfly Sculpture was unveiled at the same time. It is apt that following the extensive refurbishment of the Pavilion that it too is renamed after this remarkable lady and her incredible achievements”.
Graham Campbell, President of Glengormley Bowling Club added “We are so proud to have had the club based here for almost 58 years. This is now even more beneficial to us as we can take advantage of the improved facilities onsite”, he added “we welcome new members, young and old to join us at our home at the newly renamed Lilian Bland Pavilion”.