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Community worker named ‘Spirit of Northern Ireland’

Tommy Wilson of the Village Housing Focus Group was one of three south Belfast community workers awarded for their tireless dedication to their areas at the inaugural Flybe Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards, in association with UTV.

Mr Wilson, from the Ebor Street area of the Village, has been a voluntary community worker in the area since he was 13, picked up the highly commended award at the glitzy gala ceremony held at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast last week.

“I’m over the moon about the award and grateful to the people who nominated me,” said Mr Wilson.

“I really want to see the Village area built up into a modern-day centre with a good community.”

Other award-winners included south Belfast native Eileen Calder

for her work with the Rape Crisis Centre, and Maria Smylie for her work with Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the ceremony, Andrea Hayes of award sponsors Flybe, said: “On behalf of all involved in the event, I warmly congratulate all the finalists and their valuable contribution to the Northern Ireland community.”

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