Council’s First Mayor Hosts Inaugural Dinner
05 June 2015
Rev Campbell Dixon & Chief Executive Jacqui Dixon; Deputy Mayor John Blair; Mr J Wallace & HM Deputy Lieutenant Mrs P Wallace; Mayor Cllr Thomas Hogg & Rachel Coulter, Rt Hon Mr Nigel Dodds OBE, MP & Mrs Diane Dodds; Mr D Kinahan MP & Mrs A Kinahan.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council held the Inaugural Dinner for Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg, on Friday 29 May at Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey.
Approximately 160 guests attended the event and after-dinner speakers included Deputy Lieutenant for County Antrim, Patricia Wallace OBE and Diane Dodds MEP.
Speaking at the event, the first Mayor to be elected to the new council, Councillor Thomas Hogg said:
“My first two months in office have been a truly amazing experience and I pledge to do all that I can to promote Antrim and Newtownabbey over the rest of my term as Mayor. I firmly believe that the hard work and leadership of our Councillors and staff has laid a very firm foundation upon which our new Council can confidently look to the future. Moving forward together as one new Borough, I am confident that our continued commitment to improve, and our determination to succeed, will ensure that the very best days of Antrim and Newtownabbey are yet to come."
Addressing the Deputy Mayor, the Mayor added:
“I am delighted to see Councillor John Blair elevated to civic office after his many years of distinguished service on Council and I am indebted to him for his support over the last two months.”
The event kick-started the Mayor’s fundraising for his three charities: ABF The Soldier’s Charity, Autism NI and the Cancer Fund For Children raising approximately £1,300.
For more information on the Mayor’s Charities, please visit: www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/mayorscharities
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are pictured with Rachel Coulter and Toast Master for the evening Jack Adair.
Jim Rooney, Captain Brian Rodgers & Betty Rodgers, Freeman of the Borough Jim Rooney MBE.
Patsy Moneypenny, Rachel Pinkerton, Alderman William Ball & Cllr Audrey Ball.
David & Karen Pettard; Cllr Nigel Kells & Desna Kells.
Carol & Michael Maguire; Catherine McFarland, Cllr Brian Duffin, Geraldine Girvan.
Andrew McCormick, Cllr Ben Kelso, Cllr Philip Brett, Matthew Palmer.
Freeman of the Borough, Norman Dunn MBE & Maureen Dunn; John & Gayner Beresford; Chief Executive of Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council Jacqui Dixon & Rev Campbell Dixon.
Cllr William Webb JB & Pat Webb; Freeman of the Borough Dr Willie John McBride MBE & Penny McBride; Roberta & Pat McCudden.
Cllr Michael Goodman & Tracy Cunningham; Cllr Trevor Beatty & Valerie Beatty.
Cllr John Scott & Audrey Scott; Lila Agnew & Cllr Frazer Agnew.