She has been lauded by some of the United Kingdom’s leading figures including the Queen for decades of service to the community and the latest to join the chorus of praise for Ballymoney’s best known resident is the Mayor, Alderman Bill Kennedy.
In one of his last civic duties before bowing out of active politics, Alderman Kennedy fulfilled a personal commitment by visiting Mrs Mollie Holmes at her Charlotte Street home to acknowledge her contribution to society.
Mrs Holmes was unable to attend a civic reception and dinner for current and former councillors at the Town Hall recently to celebrate 42 years of local Government but the Mayor ensured that her role and influence during three decades of service to the public did not go unrecognised.
Alderman Kennedy presented Mrs Holmes with a pencil drawing of the Town Hall by artist Jack Wilkinson with whom she went to school, a booklet charting the achievements of the council as well as a specially produced coin which the council plan to give to every child in the Borough.
Mrs Holmes described by the Mayor as “the mother of Ballymoney” was overjoyed at being honoured and said her years in the council had given her much pride and satisfaction.
“It is a great privilege and a pleasure to meet Mollie again. Not only was she the first Mayor and a very fine representative on the council but she also made a big impact in other aspects of life including her input into education, road safety and charity,” the Mayor said.