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The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Joan Baird OBE pictured with Mervyn Whyte who was made a Freeman of the Borough at a ceremony in Coleraine on Friday 2nd February. Picture McAuley Multimedia

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Joan Baird OBE pictured with Mervyn Whyte who was made a Freeman of the Borough at a ceremony in Coleraine on Friday 2nd February. Picture McAuley Multimedia

The new Freeman of the Borough of the Causeway Coast and Glens Mervyn Whyte pictured with Gregory Campbell MP and Ian Paisley MP. Picture McAuley Multimedia

The new Freeman of the Borough of the Causeway Coast and Glens Mervyn Whyte pictured with Gregory Campbell MP and Ian Paisley MP. Picture McAuley Multimedia

Mervyn Whyte, new Freeman of the Borough of the Causeway Coast and Glens pictured with his wife Hazel and children Peter, Ryan and Rachael alongside the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE. Picture McAuley Multimedia

Mervyn Whyte, new Freeman of the Borough of the Causeway Coast and Glens pictured with his wife Hazel and children Peter, Ryan and Rachael alongside the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Joan Baird OBE. Picture McAuley Multimedia

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Joan Baird OBE pictured with Mervyn Whyte who was made a Freeman of the Borough at a ceremony in Coleraine on Friday 2nd February. Picture McAuley Multimedia

Event Director of the North West 200, Mervyn Whyte MBE, has received Freedom of the Borough accolade from the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

At a ceremony held in Coleraine, Mr Whyte received freeman of the north coast town - home to the annual race gathering.

The award was made "in recognition of his services and contribution to the North West 200 and motorsport in Northern Ireland".

Mervyn Whyte MBE began his service as a road marshal at the 1973 North West 200.

The race is thought to be worth over £4m in tourism revenue to the local area and over £10m to the wider Northern Ireland economy.

Belfast Telegraph