Lisburn Chamber marks retirement

Lisburn Chamber of Commerce recently held a socially distanced lunch to mark the retirement of Chamber secretary, Barbara Martin after 21 years’ service.

The Mayor, Cllr. Nicholas Trimble, Barbara Martin and Chamber President, Garry MacDonald

Guest of honour was the Mayor, Councillor, Nicholas Trimble and Chamber President, Garry MacDonald welcomed everyone to the special occasion, held at Café Vic Ryn.

Mrs Martin was appointed to her position in 1999 and all the presidents from 1999 to 2020 were invited for a reunion with the current Chamber committee. The ten former presidents who were able to attend were, Billy Rogan, Ernie Knox, Trevor Lunn MLA, Ellen Hillen, Richard Knox, Belinda O’Neill, John Steen, Stephen Houston, Jonathan Steen and Evan Morton.

Mr MacDonald commented on Barbara’s career from the early days to the current era and the many changes that had taken place. To commemorate the occasion, a painting of Lisburn by local artist, Keith Drury, was presented to Mrs Martin and the Mayor also presented a gift.

Members of the current Chamber Executive committee, Gillian Baxter, Evan Morton, the Mayor Cllr Nicholas Trimble, Colin MacDonald, Barbara Martin, Garry MacDonald. Mark McCall, Stephen Houston and Paul Murray

The Chamber President also used the occasion to present a cheque to the Mayor’s Charity, the Lisburn Foodbank in recognition of their excellent work undertaken in recent months. The Mayor closed the event with thanks to the Chamber for the kind donation.

Ten past presidents attended the retirement lunch (L-R) Jonathan Steen, Belinda O’Neill. Richard Knox, Trevor Lunn MLA, The Mayor Cllr Nicholas Trimble, Garry MacDonald, John Steen, Barbara Martin, Ellen Hillen, Ernie Knox, Evan Morton, Stephen Houston and Billy Rogan.
Pictured with the Mayor, Nicholas Trimble are past presidents, Belinda O’Neill and Evan Morton
Pictured with Barbara Martin are Jonathan Steen and Stephen Houston
The Mayor, Cllr Nicholas Trimble receives a cheque for the Mayor’s charity from Lisburn Chamber President, Garry MacDonald
Pictured with Barbara Martin are Billy Rogan and Ernie Knox
Past President, Evan Morton presents a bouquet of flowers to Barbara Martin
President Garry MacDonald presents Barbara Martin with a gift to mark her retirement