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Honour for the man who made it to the top

By Ashleigh Wallace awallace@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

A CIVIC reception to honour the achievements of Everest conqueror Terence 'Banjo' Bannon is to be held in his home town of Newry tomorrow evening.

A CIVIC reception to honour the achievements of Everest conqueror Terence 'Banjo' Bannon is to be held in his home town of Newry tomorrow evening.

And as well as the civic reception which is taking place in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, a memorial honouring Banjo's efforts is also due to be unveiled by Newry and Mourne Council.

Mayor Jack Patterson revealed that when he first proposed the idea of a civil reception to his fellow councillors, the suggestion was backed unanimously.

He added that Friday's ceremony was fitting for a local hero in recognition of reaching the summit of the world's highest mountain last May.

The stone monument has been created in the shape of Mount Everest, with indents in the stone to show the various stages of Banjo's journey.

Mr Patterson said: "Friday's event is about recognising Banjo's achievements. He climbed to the highest peak in the world and achieved this with very limited resources.

"On a personal note, I'm a friend of the family and think what Banjo did was a fantastic achievement and something that should be recognised.

"Banjo has set a great example to the young people in our community, both before and after the climb. After he arrived back he came and spoke to groups of young people.

"He has had recognition from both sides of the community which was apparent from the thousands of people who lined the streets of Newry to welcome him home last year."

The reception is taking place at 7.30pm tomorrow.

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