Having a break from Council business was refreshing, to say the least, but duties of the Mayor continued and it has been a busy time - especially now with the fantastic Milk Cup, which Limavady is very much involved in.
Rewinding back a few weeks, the mayoress and myself were proud to attend our son Aaron’s graduation ceremony at the Coleraine campus of the University of Ulster in July, which also marks the first day that I failed to attend public engagements when requested.
My deputy, DUP Colr. James Mc Corkell, however, saw to business on my behalf and thankfully no one was left disappointed as a result.
A personal guided tour of the new visitor centre at the Giant’s Causeway was a special treat during a visit to commemorate the launch of the new facility there at the start of the month. A building of incredible architectural ingenuity which, I have no doubt, will prove to be a very successful tourist attraction in the years ahead. I also took great delight in being invited to judge the best display of craft work put on by ‘Limavady Crafters’ at Benone recently. So, impressed was I by the standard of their work that I have invited them to attend my Mayor’s Charity Fun Day in aid of childrens’ cancer on 4th August at the stunning Roe Valley Country Park.
I was also delighted to be joined this month by my shadow mayor - Limavady Grammar pupil Christopher Trainor, who is Chair of Limavady Youth Council and is extremely interested in politics. I have no doubt he’ll know the ropes in no time!
One of the biggest and busiest events for me since I took on the role as mayor was the NI Milk Cup, which the Borough Council is proud to be part of.
Having attended most of the games in the area I can’t believe just how visitors the Cup has brought into the Roe Valley. From Germany to Chile and New Zealand they’ve all said Limavady is beautiful and has been a wonderful host. I’ve also been meeting so much young talent in our borough who are a credit to us!
Finally, I’m hoping for a good turn out for my charity day on Sunday from 1-6pm in the Country Park.
There will be music, a wide array of activities for young and old alike, and a raffle with some great prizes, including football tickets and football jerseys. There will be food and a chance to soak me too! I’m hoping the weather will be on our side.