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Hazel Loney: 'We go hill walking a lot and my soul sings when I reach the top of a mountain'

What I Believe: In conversation with Hazel Loney

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Positive role: Hazel Loney believes faith has benefited people here

Positive role: Hazel Loney believes faith has benefited people here

Positive role: Hazel Loney believes faith has benefited people here

Hazel Loney was installed as lay leader of the Methodist Church in Ireland this week. She has been married to Bobby for 44 years and they have two grown-up children, Christopher and Rachel-Anne, and two grandchildren, Claire and Andrew.

Q. Can you tell us something about your background?

A. I was born in Co Armagh, the youngest of the four children of Sydney and Elizabeth McDonald. I was baptised in Mullaghbrack Parish Church, just outside Markethill, where we lived. Later, we moved to the townland of Aghorey. My mother had been raised as a Presbyterian, so when I was about five, she moved us to worship in Aghorey Presbyterian Church. We attended Sunday school, Sunday worship, Girls Brigade and Bible class.