by JENNY MONROE
The Top Table pictured at the Mayor's Civic Dinner (I-r) Mrs. Dark; Reverend Dark; Enterprise Minister, Mrs. Arlene Foster; Mayoress Mrs. Kathleen Leathern; Piper, Mr Billy Jackson; Alderman William Leathern; Chief Executive, Mr Norman Davidson; Lord Lieutenant, Mrs. Joan Christie; Health Minister, Mr Edwin Poots; Deputy Mayor, ClIr. Margaret Tolerton and Mrs. Glynis Poots.
THE Mayor, Alderman William Leathem, welcomed guests to his Inaugural Dinner last Friday night, which was held at Lagan Valley Island.
Guests included the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs. Joan Christie; Lord Bannside
and Baroness Paisley; Enterprise Minister, Mrs. Arlene Foster; Dame Mary
Peters and Freemen Seamus Close, Ivan Davis and Charlie Poots. Also in
attendance were Minister Edwin Poots; local business and community
representatives, sporting organisations and those within the educational sectors, elected members and family together with representatives from the Mayor's Charity.
The Mayor said: "I would like to extend warm thanks to everyone who attended my civic dinner which is being held to mark my election as Mayor to the City of Lisburn. "It was so good to see everyone.
In my Mayoral address I wanted to thank everyone who has helped or assisted me in some way since I came to office.
"I particularly wanted to thank my wife Kathleen, who has been so supportive since I was elected Mayor.
"I would like to thank Mrs. Foster for addressing my guests and I would like to thank everyone who gave donations to my charity, Stepping Stones on the night.
"I was delighted to see Stepping Stones staff and trainees present on the evening.
I felt it was a fitting occasion to mark 10 years of Lisburn having
attained city status and in my address I covered some of the very
positive changes that we have seen in Lisburn during that time."
As a mark of respect to the Spence family, a minute's silence was held at the beginning of the evening and the Mayor's Chaplain led prayers for Scott Vineer.
The magnificent cake, which replicated the Lagan Valley Island building, created by Sgt Johnny McCusker on the occasion of the celebration of 10 years of City Status (l-r) Lt Col. Nick Ilic; Mr Norman Davidson, Chief Executive Lisburn City Council; the Mayor, Alderman William Leathern; Lord Lieutenant, Mrs. Joan Christie and Sgt Johnny McCusker.