ONE of the men behind the success of Coca-Cola in Northern
Ireland has been honoured on his 90th birthday. Coca-Cola
Bottlers (Ulster) Ltd hosted the celebration recently to mark
the work and contribution of Terence Robinson, Non-Executive
Director of the Lisburn bottling company.
Son of Tom Robinson, who introduced Coca-Cola
to Northern Ireland in 1939, Terence has a long history with the
local soft-drinks company. His legacy with Coca-Cola began when
he returned from World War II to become an influential driving
force behind the family's business and remained at the helm of
the company for some 50 years, until his retirement in 1989.
Terence has held the posts of Managing Director,
Executive Chairman and more recently Non-Executive Director of
Coca-Cola Bottlers (Ulster) Ltd., - a role which involves him
contributing to the company's community investment programme.
Mr Robinson said said he was delighted to be present with his
family, friends and Coca-Cola colleagues to celebrate his 90th
"The company has been an integral part of my life since I
first started selling Coca-Cola to hotels around Belfast from
the back of an icebox fitted moped during the 1940's" he
recalled. "I'm very proud of the unrivalled and worldwide
reputation that Coca-Cola Bottlers in Lisburn has worked hard to
achieve and I'm looking forward to watching it progress and grow
at the new site at Knockmore Hill."
John Barrett, Executive Director at Coca-Cola
Bottlers (Ulster) Ltd., presented Mr Robinson with a
commemorative bowl to mark the milestone occasion and to
acknowledge his continued long-standing service to the company
and local community.
Lisburn's Mayor, Councillor James Tinsley,
was among the speakers who also highlighted the contribution
that Mr Robinson has made to local people in Lisburn and across
Northern Ireland. He praised his "generous investment and
services to a variety of charities and community initiatives."