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Ex-Moderator’s public work honoured

The former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the Rev Norman Hamilton, is to receive an honorary doctorate for public services from Queen’s today.

The Rev Hamilton, minister of Ballysillan Presbyterian Church, was ordained as an assistant in Lowe Memorial congregation in Finaghy, before being called as minister to Ballysillan in 1988.

During his time in north Belfast he has committed himself to improving educational opportunities for young people in the greater Ballysillan area, through his involvement with Belfast Education and Library Board and the local schools.

His ministry has been marked by extensive involvement in community relations work, for which he was awarded an OBE in 2007.

Professor Tony Gallagher, pro-vice chancellor at Queen’s, delivering the citation said: “Norman has been an inspirational leader in community development work for over 30 years, and his achievements include the development of sustainable employment opportunities, the promotion of cross community dialogue and engagement, and work with ethnic minorities.”

Also receiving an honorary degree is entrepreneur Jim Herbert for his services to science. He will receive his doctorate in front of graduates from the School of Biological Sciences and Dr William Crawley will be honoured for his services to broadcasting.

Belfast Telegraph