Civic efforts earn New Year honours
Five people from North Down and Newtownards have been recognised for their merits and services in the 2011 New Year Honours list.
All those from North Down and Newtownards who were recognised received honours as Members of the Order of the British Empire.
Castlereagh councillor John Beattie, of Newtownards, has been awarded an MBE for services to local government in Northern Ireland.
He said: “I’m quite surprised, I didn’t expect it but I’m very proud to have received the award.
“Six weeks ago they rang me and asked if I was successful would I accept the honours. I said that I would.
“My family are very pleased and it’s something I thought I’d never have,” he added.
Cllr Beattie was elected to Castlereagh council in 1994, was mayor from 1998 until 1999 and his wife is also a councillor.
The Rev Chris Bower, of Bangor, is founder of the Heart of St Patrick, an inter-denominational religious Order which has extensive links around the country with churches and parishes. He has been awarded an MBE for his services to the community.
He is involved with the Bangor Safezone initiative and has been working in Bangor for many years.
Safezone is an organisation comprised of volunteers around Bangor who are linked to CCTV, doorstaff and police through radio links and attempts to minimise alcohol related incidents on people’s nights out in Bangor.
John Moore, from Holywood, received an MBE for his services to business. Mr Moore, head of Belfast Chamber of Commerce, owns SS Moore Sports, which he inherited from his father, a former Olympic water polo player, amateur international footballer and golfer.
Mrs Margaret Cynthia Wilson, a foster carer from Bangor, was awarded an MBE for her services to families.