President's Blog

I was born, raised and educated in East Belfast And I am always keen to keep in contact with the goings on in the area.

With others I have been alarmed and saddened at the recent news of the redundancies announced by Bombardier, and that their apprenticeship scheme will also cease. How many of my friends from school went to be apprentices in Shorts as it was then.

Had a great night with this men's group from McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian church on the Castlereagh Road. As I listened to their challenges it sounded very similar. Enjoyed their sense of fun and the mix of ages.

I appreciate the leadership given by the First Minister, Mrs Arlene Foster, as she has accepted the invitation to attend the COI event in Dublin to Discuss issues around from The Easter Rising - that's good leadership

Experienced special music today

Firstly in Antrim for their Anniversary service - Susi Hull sang Fleetwood Macs Songbird, which reminded me that any love song can be a worship song.

Methodist do somethings very well and one such is when they come together and have traditional hymns to sing, boy can they raise the roof. They did it again at the Celebration Service for Life of Rev John J Nelson at Campbell College. Wonderful minister, educator and family man