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Former Lord Mayor of Belfast Ian Adamson dies aged 74

Dr Ian Adamson pictured with Van Morrison during his time as Mayor.
Dr Ian Adamson pictured with Van Morrison during his time as Mayor.

Former Lord Mayor of Belfast Ian Adamson OBE has passed away at the age of 74.

Dr Adamson served as a UUP representative on Belfast City Council from 1989 to 2011 and as an MLA for East Belfast from 1998 to 2003.

He was Deputy Lord Mayor in 1994/95, Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1996/1997 and served as High Sheriff. He was awarded an OBE in 1998 for services to local government.

Born in Bangor, Co Down, he worked for many years as a Paediatrician and served as the personal physician to former DUP leader and First Minister Ian Paisley until his death.

Dr Adamson also authored a number of books throughout his career.

He was known for a passion for languages and founded the Ulster-Scots Language Society in 1992. He spoke in both Ulster Gaelic and Ulster Scots during his time in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Dr Adamson was also recognised for his work with disabled children and the unemployed, being accepted accepted as a member of the International Medical Association of Lourdes for services to disabled children and young people in the Falls area of Belfast.

He was also known for his work with the Somme Association, an organisation he founded in 1989. He established the Somme Heritage Centre in Conlig, Co Down in 1994.

UUP leader Robin Swann said that Mr Adamson was particularly known for love and knowledge of history.

“He made a huge contribution to cultural and political life and will be greatly missed by his many colleagues and friends,” he said.

UUP Chairman Lord Empey, who served with Dr Adamson at both City Hall and Stormont, paid tribute to his former colleague.

“Ian had a great sense of humour and dry wit. His flair for cultural issues particularly as they applied to the Ulster Scots tradition, were brought to life with his lectures and anecdotes," he said.

"Those of us who were colleagues in the City Hall will miss him greatly.”

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