The Lord Lieutenant of County down

the award ceremony @ the Lagan valley centre in Lisburn for the ulster aviation society on Saturday 29th September 2018

     On Saturday the 29th September the Ulster Aviation Society were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service at a ceremony at the Lagan Valley Centre which is the headquarters of the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council in Lisburn. The ceremony was attended by a large number of the volunteers & their spouses & partners. The award was received by The Chairman, Ray Burrows & the previous chairman Ernie Cromie. There were several speakers, including the Chair, Ernie Cromie, the Deputy Mayor, Amanda Grehan, the Lord Lieutenant & Walter Rader who manages the QAVS scheme in Northern Ireland. The master of ceremonies during the ceremony, which was followed by a formal dinner & dancing, was Pamela Ballantine who gave us a lot more interesting information about the Club & what it has achieved.
Photos thanks to the Portadown Times
The Ulster Aviation Society is based @ the Maze near Lisburn & is entirely run by its volunteers. It has a unique collection of antique aircraft, some civilian & some military. It also has a wonderful collection of aviation memorabilia. It provides an educational facility for schools & other organisations in Northern Ireland & is rapidly becoming a major tourist attraction. They also support local events & especially aviation displays with their various aircraft & other aviation items. They have a Spitfire which they take to events & also a replica of the original Ferguson aircraft which can actually fly! They do simply amazing quality restorations on their various aircraft & bits & pieces. The skills of their engineers is extraordinary. They also provide an interest for retired people who want to get involved in something completely different.
   The certificate is received by Ernie Cromie with the Chairman, Ray Burrows looking on
 Walter Rader (QAVS), Cadet Sergeant Toni Walker, Barry Fitzsimmons DL  & the Lord Lieutenant 
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