Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman Paul Porter with Rachel Cochrane, presenter at BFBS wishes the current local regiments who are currently serving away from home a Happy Christmas from the City of Lisburn during his recent visit to the British Forces Broadcasting Service Station at Thiepval Barracks.
MAYOR of Lisburn, Alderman Paul Porter has visited the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) radio station at Thiepval Barracks to wish the local regiments who are currently serving away from home a Happy Christmas from the City of Lisburn.
Both the Royal Irish Regiment and the Irish Guards have been on tour in Afghanistan since September, and are due home in March 2011. BFBS links these people with their loved ones at home via on air messages which can be heard in the four military communities in Aldergrove, Holywood, Lisburn and Ballykinlar.
Speaking on air during the visit, Mayor Porter said; "I'm delighted to have this opportunity to send Christmas wishes to the local men and women who are out in Afghanistan, as well as those posted elsewhere around the globe.
"It's humbling to think that they're out fighting in foreign fields for our freedom, and so it's only right that we think of them at this time and let them know that they have the support of the garrison City of Lisburn," he added.
Commenting on Mayor Porter's visit, Rachel Cochrane, presenter at BFBS said; "The staff, here at BFBS Lisburn, were very pleased to have Mayor Porter visit and send his support out to our troops. It's a difficult time of year for those serving on operational duty and for their families back at home and we know that they appreciate and take comfort from this kind of support."
In a direct message to the troops, Mayor Porter added; "You are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep up the good work and we look forward to you getting home safe and well in early 2011."