A portrait of Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, has been officially presented to her at a special reception at the Braid centre in Ballymena.
Ballymena-born artist, Carol Graham, was commissioned to produce the unique portrait for the Freedom of the Borough ceremony held in April 2018.
It was officially handed over to Mrs Christie this week at a special meeting in the Mayor’s Parlour.
It is customary when the Freedom of the Borough is conferred, to present a gift to the new freeman.
The decision to gift Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE with a portrait was decided as it fittingly captured her unique warmth and charm.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay, said: “It is an honour to present this portrait to Mrs Christie.
“The Council holds Mrs Christie in the highest esteem and this is a token of how highly she is thought of.
“She brings so much with her when she attends any of our civic occasions because she is simply one of the warmest and most genuine people you could meet.
“I am honoured to officially present Mrs Christie with this portrait along with everyone else who is present here today.”
Councillor Paul Reid, who was Mayor at the time of the Freedom of the Borough ceremony, was in attendance at the handing over of the portrait.
“This is a stunning piece of art which perfectly encapsulates Mrs Joan Christie’s warmth and character.
“She was an extremely worthy recipient of the prestigious recognition of the Freedom of the Borough, which only happens in special circumstances.
“This portrait is a reflection of that accolade.
“Her gracious nature and unwavering enthusiasm always shines through and I think that is also evident in this portrait.”