Wrightbus founder Sir William Wright CBE has spoken of his delight ahead of being awarded the Honorary Freedom of the Borough by Mid and East Antrim Council.
It’s in recognition of his contribution to global business and the local economy, as well as his service to the Mid and East Antrim area.
The accolade followed a motion proposed by the Mayor at the time, Councillor Paul Reid, and was seconded by Councillor Audrey Wales MBE.
Sir William Wright CBE, said he was delighted at the news.
“To receive the Freedom of the Borough is a great honour, particularly as it is bestowed from my birthplace, the area where my business is based, and a place I am proud to call home.
“Over my lifetime I have had the privilege to take part in some memorable occasions and this event sits alongside the best of them,” he added.
And Current Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, also expressed her delight at the honour for Sir William Wright.
Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Anne Donaghy, said employment has been provided to tens of thousands of the area’s citizens over the years, and the area has been showcased around the world.
“This honour is our opportunity to recognise all of that fantastic work and, more importantly, to say ‘thank you’ to Sir William, from the people of Mid and East Antrim,” she added.
The award will be officially conferred on Sir William Wright CBE at a special ceremony held in the Braid on Friday, January 18.