Ballymena bus manufacturer William Wright receives knighthood
The founder of Ballymena-based Wrights Group has been given a knighthood by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
Sir William Wright, founder of the group, which is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of public transport vehicles, was decorated in recognition of his services to the bus industry and the UK economy.
Sir William's career spans more than seven decades and in 2001 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to industry and the community. He was later promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 for services to the bus industry.
For many years he has led the way in the development of environmentally friendly technologies, for the reduction of fossil fuel usage and harmful emissions in buses. He has a vision to improve air quality globally.
Sir William, who founded the company with his father in 1946, said: "It was a great thrill and an honour to visit Buckingham Palace to receive my knighthood from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales."