Lisburn Chamber of Commerce marked their 60th Anniversary year with a special President’s Lunch held at Hinch Distillery. Due to public health guidance, numbers were restricted to 60 guests and the event was sponsored by Coca Cola HBC.
MC at the lunch was Chamber Ambassador, Denise Watson and current Chamber President, Garry MacDonald welcomed guests and referred to the initial meeting held in April 1961 when Hugh Bass was elected the first President. 42 presidents have worn the chain of office and it was a privilege to host today’s event. General Manager of Coca Cola HBC, Miles Karemacher had travelled from Dublin for the event and congratulated the Chamber on reaching 60th years.
The event’s keynote speaker was the Economy Minister who pledged to keep his focus on recovery and rebuilding the economy as he praised the resilience and creativity of Northern Ireland’s businesses.
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP also congratulated the Chamber on reaching a milestone in its history and he referred to issues impacting the business community in the 1960s and 70s and the impact of the troubles affecting Lisburn whilst the Chamber of Commerce provided a voice for the business community it continues to have today.
The Mayor, Alderman Stephen Martin, passed on congratulations to the Chamber from Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and spoke of the close working relationship developing between the Chamber and the Economic Development department.
Finally the President thanked everyone for attending the event, the organising committee, Evan Morton, Katrina Collins and Carla Bowyer and to Terry Cross and his team at Hinch Distillery and the other sponsors, Oasis Travel and WPA Healthcare.