Mayor awards 858 certificates of recognition

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Peter Johnston, has distributed 858 recognition certificates to those who have shown remarkable community spirit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Mayor started the recognition scheme at the beginning of the pandemic as a way to acknowledge those who had gone above and beyond to help the most vulnerable in their communities.

The distribution of certificates is now coming to an end but the Mayor has said he will never forget the ‘generosity of people from across the borough throughout the hardest of times’.

Cllr Johnston, said: “The way people in Mid and East Antrim have rallied together in this past year to help others is something that deserved to be recognised.

St John Ambulance was one of the many groups across the borough who received certificates of recognition from the Mayor for their service to the community throughout the pandemic

“From catering businesses providing hot meals, to those involved with St John’s Ambulance service, to the people who did grocery shopping for their shielding neighbours and so many, many others.

“They are an inspiration and the pride of our borough and it was an honour for me to recognise them over the last year by way of the certificate of recognition.”

To date the certificates have been awarded to a wide range of organisations, businesses, community groups, churches, sports clubs and individuals.

The Mayor supported those involved in the community response and visited retail businesses to see first-hand the massive effort they have put in to keep their customers and staff safe and their doors open.