Founder of Wrightbus to be made a Freeman
A captain of industry in Ballymena is to be awarded the Freedom of the Borough by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
Councillors have agreed to confer the Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Wrightbus founder Sir William Wright.
The council said it was in recognition of Sir William's "contribution to global business and the local economy, and his service to Mid and East Antrim".
It followed a motion proposed by Mayor Paul Reid.
He said: "The Freedom of the Borough is the highest accolade the council can award a citizen.
"I am delighted we will bestow this honour on Ballymena-based entrepreneur and pioneer Sir William Wright.
"Sir William's vision and dedication has put our borough firmly on the map as an area of manufacturing excellence and innovation.
"Wrightbus has been at the heart of our community for generations and is renowned for the outstanding quality of its work around the world."
The award will be officially conferred at a special ceremony on a date to be announced.