TWO former mayors of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council will go to Italy next year at a cost of £400 each as part of The North Irish Horse Regimental Association’s Seventy-fifth Anniversary Pilgrimage.
At the main December monthly meeting of the Council in Ballymena Town Hall, it was heard the Association had invited two former Mayors – Carrickfergus DUP councillor Billy Ashe and Larne DUP councillor Paul Reid.
Councillors agreed to the Council duo attending without taking a vote.
The proposal was made by Greenisland DUP councillor Lynn McClurg who said the North Irish Horse had the Freedom of the Borough.
Her proposal was seconded by Carrickfergus DUP councillor May Beattie.
Carrickfergus Independent councillor Noel Jordan said: “I don’t think that would be value for money for ratepayers in this Borough with the greatest of respect and nobody would support the armed forces as much as I would but I still think it is waste of money”.
He was told he could propose an amendment that the Council not send anybody but he did not get a seconder.
The Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Mid and East Antrim was conferred upon B (The North Irish Horse) Squadron, Scottish North Irish Yeomanry, in 2015.
The North Irish Horse fought in Italy in World War Two.