Praise from politicians for Mid-Ulster Honours recipients

LOCAL politicians have expressed their admiration at those from around the province who have made it onto the Queens Birthday Honours List.

A number of people from the Mid-Ulster area are set to be honoured by the Queen including Cookstown man Bryan Dunlop, Cookstown, (BEM), for voluntary service to the community in County Tyrone.

Trevor Hassin, (MBE), a native of Cookstown and Head of Customer and Standards, Driver and Vehicle Agency, Department of Environment in Larne will also be honoured.

This year the Birthday Honours List takes on even more significance as it coincides with this the Diamond Jubilee year of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.

The Birthday Honours list recognises outstanding service and achievement across the UK.

Ulster Unionist councillor Trevor Clarke, sent his congratulations to those recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2012.

“I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Bryan, a tireless worker in raising money for charities and his recognition by the Queen is thoroughly deserved.”

Ulster Unionist MLA, Sandra Overend, also added her congratulations.

“I wish to congratulate all those who were recognised in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2012. In particular my well-wishes go to those in Mid-Ulster including Mr Bryan Dunlop who received a BEM for voluntary service to the community in County Tyrone.”

“I remember as a small child having piano lessons with Bryan, and so have known him all my life. I am therefore recognise the fantastic contribution he has made in the field of music over the years. He taught both piano and organ in addition to music theory for over 50 years and has served as an organist and choirmaster for over 60 years. This is a remarkable achievement and I commend Bryan for his patience and for his dedication to the community.”