2008 Northern Lunch

Once again our Northern Branch managed to provide a sunny day in late September to hold their AGM. It never seems to rain on their parade! This year the venue was the “New Forge Country Club“ located just off the Malone Road. The club looks over the Lagan valley park and contains many sports facilities, one used by the Ulster Rugby squad. The Club provided an excellent facility for the AGM. After the conclusion of business, lunch was served. Unfortunately as time was limited we could not stay very long.

The visit to Stormount with a conducted tour was a real bonus. The drive up the long avenue presented a wonderful view of the front facade. It is difficult to believe that such a classical looking building was only constructed in the early twentieth century. The visit was sponsored by the Alliance party. Our thanks are due to our guide Ms Naomi Long. She was a natural entertainer and included many amusing anecdotes. We were shown both rooms used by the assembly, and when testing how comfortable the seating was I was very close to having an afternoon nap. Before taking our leave we were able to climb the large marble stairway and admire the imposing statue of James Craig to enjoy tea and biscuits. What most impressed me was that the building, once so devise, was now used and accepted by all parties in the North of Ireland.

Our thanks to Walter Evans and Dorothy Kernehan assisted by Jack Storey and Ron Jackson for organizing this interesting and most enjoyable event. It was regrettable that more members from the South were unable to attend

Arthur Ennis

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