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Perry awarded MBE in Birthday Honours

Thursday, 22 June 2017

FIVE local people received recognition at the weekend in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Mr James Perry was been awarded an MBE for his services to the community in Ballymena, N.I. football captain, Steve Davis from Cullybackey also recevied an MBE while British Empire Medals (BEM) have been awarded to Mrs Elizabeth Hueston, Mr James McNeill and Mr David Montgomery.
Mr Perry is a well recognised face locally, especially in Ahoghill where he has worked with the 'in Bloom' team for many years.
He is currently the Clerk to the Lieutenancy of County Antrim, having served in the role of High Sheriff in 2016 and is the chair of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. He is also Chair of Ulster Supported Employment Limited (USEL).
During the last 35 years, James has served on 5 School Boards of Governors, including a period of almost 10 years as Chair of the Board at Ballymena Academy, where he currently acts as Honorary Treasurer of the Old Pupils' Association.
Married to Patricia, with two children Sarah and Christopher, James said: "I am absolutely delighted to receive this award.
“I was overwhelmed and totally surprised when I first received notification and I am particularly pleased that the citation refers to 'services' to my home town. It is great honour to be recognised in this way."
•Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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