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Nicholas Trimble: 'When I was a kid I was answering phone calls from the White House'

Nicholas Trimble, who is the son of former First Minister David, opens up about his unlikely road into politics, life as the son of the former leader of the Ulster Unionist party and his struggle with mental health issues

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Close family: Mayor of Lisburn Nicholas Trimble at Wallace Park with wife Sarah

Close family: Mayor of Lisburn Nicholas Trimble at Wallace Park with wife Sarah

Stephen Hamilton

Close family: Mayor of Lisburn Nicholas Trimble at Wallace Park with wife Sarah

As a young boy Nicholas Trimble saw first-hand how brutal the political scene in Northern Ireland could be - and made a promise to himself never to have anything to do with it.

Yet today the 34-year-old son of former First Minister David Trimble is mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council and finding the role far more fulfilling than he ever imagined.

Despite his best intentions to forge a very different career from his father, six years ago a good turn delivering election leaflets for a friend prompted a swift series of events that now sees him, as he comically describes it, "put on my suit and my mayoral chain of office and sit in my own kitchen waving at people on Zoom".


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