New Year Freedom honour for Sir William Wright

Shauna Loughran

Reporter:

Shauna Loughran

SIR William Wright CBE is to receive the Freedom of the Borough in the New Year.

Details were read to councillors at last week's monthly meeting of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council held at The Braid.

In March 2018, council agreed to confer the Freedom of the Borough on Sir William, after agreeing to a motion proposed by DUP councillor Paul Reid, and seconded by DUP councillor Audrey Wales.

The motion read: "That this council confers the Honourary Freedomn of the Borough of Mid and East Antrim on Sir William Wright CBE.

"This award is in recognition of his service to the economy and support for the community of Mid and East Antrim and also for his contribution to bus manufacturing internationally."

Following discussions with Sir William, it was agreed to hold the ceremony on Friday, January 18, 2019 in the Braid Town Hall.

Plans are progressing with arranging the ceremony.

The Mayor and the Chief Executive met with Sir William to discuss arrangements.

On consultation with the family, the event will move to the morning, with guests arriving from 10.30am, the Special Council meeting at 12 noon, followed by entertainment and a civic lunch.

Invitations were due to be issued in early December and arrangements for elected members will be circulated closer to the time.

The Provision of the Freedom of the Borough was made in the Corporate Services budget.

William Wright was made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Friday May 18, 2018.

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