TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-respected ex-Chairperson of the former Moyle District Council, Helen Harding, who has passed away.
She was a well-known councillor in the Ballycastle area for several years serving at Sheskburn House for several years up until 2011.
One of her key roles was the formation of a ‘twinning’ arrangement between Moyle and Pourrieres in France.
Councillor Harding represented the Ulster Unionist Party at Moyle Council between 1993 and 2011.
She was a hard-working councillor who served on many of the council committees including the Road Safety Committee and the Twinning Association.
As chairman of the Council in 1999 she travelled to France for the formal signing of the twinning arrangement with Pourrieres.
Tributes were paid on Facebook from across the community with many summing up their feelings by describing Helen, who was 77, as “a lovely lady”.
Robin Swann, the North Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assembly member, said he was “very deeply saddened” to learn of the passing of Mrs Harding, whom he described as “a hardworking and caring lady who represented all in Moyle District Council”.
Councillor Joan Baird OBE also expressed her sympathies to the family and friends of Mrs Harding.
“Helen will be sadly missed and I ask all in the community to remember the Harding family circle in their thoughts and prayers at this difficult and challenging time”
Former Moyle councillor Monica Digney said on social media: ‘I am so very sorry to hear of Helen’s death, when we were in council she was always friendly, my deepest sympathy to her family, RIP Helen’.
A notice on the Funeral Times website said: ‘Harding, January 7th 2020, peacefully at Causeway Hospital, Helen, late of Leabank Private Nursing Home, Ballycastle, dearly loved mother of Heather Quinton, husband Shane, son David Ross, wife Nicola, grandchildren Jordan and Mitchell, son Alastair, wife Marie and grandchild Tiona.
‘Family flowers only, please. Funeral Service in Ramoan Presbyterian Church, Moyarget on Thursday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in adjoining churchyard.
‘Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to Coronary Care Unit Causeway Hospital, cheques payable to J Craig c/o J Craig & Sons, 57 Castle Street, Ballycastle BT54 6AS.
‘Very deeply regretted by her daughter, sons and the entire family circle’.