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David Cameron's award for ex-teacher

By Staff Reporter

A retired teacher from Bangor has become the first person in Northern Ireland to win the Prime Minister's new Point of Light award for volunteering.

Jackie Patton started a volunteering revolution that brought a major world championship event to Ballyholme sailing club.

The prestigious Formula 18 Catamaran World Sailing Championships saw teams and spectators from 11 countries around the world come to Bangor.

"Jackie knows the difference volunteers can make and was determined to ensure Bangor reaped the benefits," David Cameron said.

"Her relentless enthusiasm and ambition created a network of dedicated people ready to support the Ballyholme Yacht Club to deliver a world-class event in their local community."

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