Orla and Rebecca get
an exclusive insight into the workings
of the local police and zoomed in on the
city centre with CCTV operators.
A DREAM became reality for two local girls
last week when they enjoyed the opportunity to be First Citizen
for a day.
Orla Bradley from Good Shepherd Primary and
Rebecca Mills from Friends were the winners of Lisburn Council's
short story competition in which they had to explain to outgoing
Mayor Trevor Lunn what they would do if they had the opportunity
to take up his role for 24 hours.
her story Rebecca said she would 'create a community garden for
Lisburn people who do not have gardens, send everyone in Lisburn
a free low energy light bulb and donate money to charities
including the USPCA'.
Orla would 'tackle the problem of litter by
holding a special fundraising event where schools tidy up their
local area, build more play parks and would listen to anyone
with an idea to help improve the community'.
The girls were collected from school by the
Mayor's official car, driven to the Mayor's Parlour and
introduced to Mr. Lunn.
The first task on their hectic schedule was
to accompany the Mayor to a photo shoot at the Council
headquarters for 'Bike to Work Week'.
Then it was off to BFBS Community Radio to
see how the station works and meet the presenters.
attending Lisburn Institute's graduation ceremony at Lagan
Valley Island and enjoying a spot of lunch, the young 'Mayors'
visited the city's PSNI station where they zoomed in on the City
centre with CCTV operators. They also enjoyed a ride in a police
Following a well deserved short break at home, Orla and
Rebecca were taken to the Lagan Valley LeisurePlex to start
Lisburn's Half Marathon and Fun Run. Mr. Lunn was delighted with
the way in which the girls carried out his duties: "I could not
have thought of a better way to spend my penultimate day as
Mayor than to share it with my two young Mayors. They conducted
themselves with great maturity and enthusiasm and they
thoroughly deserved the attention they received," he added.
"I know they had a great time and I certainly
appreciated their help. It is important to keep in touch with
our City's youth and this programme of school visits is
reinforcing this connection year after year."
Mr. Lunn also thanked all the primary schools
involved in this year" school visits to the council and the
children who composed the short stories for the competition. "I
thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the school visits and it was
one of the many highlights during my time as Mayor," he said.