Herbie recognised for reaching gold standard

FLOWER power was on the side of Herbie McAuley at the weekend as he received recognition of his recent gold medal from the National Chrysanthemum Society.

Herbie was presented with a commemorative picture by Upper Bann MP David Simpson to mark his record of achievement and recent award

Speaking after making the presentation at the recent Banbridge and District Horticultural show held in Bannside Presbyterian Church, Mr Simpson said, “Herbie is well known as a prominent member of the Northern Ireland Chrysanthemum Society and Banbridge Horticultural Society.

“He has a long standing record of excellence and achievement and the recent award of the prestigious gold medal by the National Chrysanthemum Society at the NCS Annual general meeting held in Swansea was a very fitting tribute to what he has achieved. It means that Herbie is now on the National Chrysanthemum Society role of honour.”

“I was absolutely delighted to come along to what was yet again an outstandingly successful event and want to offer my congratulations ot everyone involved with Banbridge and District Horticultural Society.

“It was also my great pleasure to make this small presentation to Herbie to mark his achievements and to wish him every continued success for the future.”

Also present at the Horticultural Show was local MLA Jo-Anne Dobson.

Mrs Dobson, a member of the Stormont Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, praised the local horticultural society, in particular the dedication of their members.

She said: “Having recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary the Society is building on its track record of growing success.

“Every year the members treat us to a colourful display of their floral and vegetable horticultural skills.

“I congratulate all the exhibitors and prize winners on a job well done and as always the event was well organised and attended.

“I was especially pleased to meet with 10 year old Chloe Clydesdale who attends Edenderry Primary School. Chloe won the Pedan Cup with her excellent arrangement of flowers in cup cakes and well done to the pupils and staff at Donard School who picked up a number of excellent awards.

“I was delighted to meet up again with many of the members who recently received medals in recognition of their long service - their rewards are richly deserved.

“I wish the society and its members continued success in their future and hope that, like their flowers, the society continues to grow and flourish.”