Representatives from Lisburn Royal British Legion and their spouses pictured at Mayoral reception. Included are L to R: (front row) Councillor James Tinsley, John Welsh (Finance Committee), Bill Nimmons, Ken Murphy (Chairman), Councillor Allan Ewart (Mayor), Maurice Leathem (Guest of Honour), Sheila Leathem, Alderman Paul Porter (Deputy Mayor), Robert Loyal (Secretary) and David Hood (Finance Committee). (back row) Councillor Brian Heading and Alderman Ivan Davis (left) and John Palmer and Councillor Jennifer Palmer (right).
THE Mayor, Councillor Allan Ewart, has hosted a civic reception for members of the Lisburn Royal British Legion and their spouses in Lagan Valley Island.
Guest of honour was Maurice Leathem, who was presented with a gift in recognition of 56 years service to the Lisburn Branch.
Born in 1937, Maurice lived in Canal Street, a few yards from the Island Civic Centre and in the 1950s worked as a trucker in the Island Mill, the site on which the Civic Centre is built.
In 2004 he was awarded the Gold Badge for service to the British Legion. During the evening Maurice gave a brief history of the Lisburn Branch and both he and Ken Murphy (Chairman), thanked the Mayor and councillors for a most enjoyable evening.
|Maurice Leathem (Guest of Honour) signs the visitor's book in the Mayor's Partour. Looking on are Ken Murphy (Chairman) and Robert Loyal (Secretary).||The Mayor, Councillor Allan Ewart, presents a gift to guest of honour Maurice Leathem in recognition of 56 years service to the Lisburn Branch of the Royal British Legion.|