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Antrim group celebrates Royal award

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant Joan Christie CVO OBE, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman John Smyth, his wife Carol Smyth, council chief executive Jacqui Dixon, Walter Rader OBE, and cadets and members of the Antrim Festival Group celebrate their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant Joan Christie CVO OBE, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Alderman John Smyth, his wife Carol Smyth, council chief executive Jacqui Dixon, Walter Rader OBE, and cadets and members of the Antrim Festival Group celebrate their Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

By David Reed

A Northern Ireland community group has been given a prestigious Royal award.

The Antrim Festival Group was presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for the County of Antrim, Joan Christie.

The award is the highest form of civic recognition granted to an organisation in recognition of the outstanding work of volunteers.

The group's chairman, Peter Dalton, said: "It was an honour to be nominated for this prestigious award and to achieve it has delighted us all.

"We have been in existence for seven years and the time, effort, learning and expertise displayed by a team of 12 has borne fruit, in that the festival has grown year on year."

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