Mayor's Blog

The Mayor out AND about in Ards and North Down.

Alderman Deborah Girvan is the current Mayor of Ards and North Down. As Mayor she has made a commitment to champion initiatives that will enhance economic development and improve the job searching skills of young adults across the borough.  As one of the founder members of the Comber Farmers’ Market, she has a keen interest in local food producers, distributers and retailers and will work to profile the superb range of specialists in the Ards and North Down area. 

A former Physical Education teacher, Mayor Girvan developed an interest in politics when she joined the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education as their Communications and Marketing Manager.  She also worked for a short time with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as their Communications and Lobbying Manager. Mayoral duties do not leave much time for recreational duties but in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and travelling.  

Mayor Girvan has had a busy start to her Mayoral year with many engagements out AND



Mayor Girvan has had a busy start to the year with many visitors coming to to see her at Bangor Castle.  One such guest was local Cage Fighter, Andy Young.  The Mayor wished to mark his recent sporting success.  The 27 year old from Comber recently became the Institute Mixed Martial Arts (IMMA) World Champion Cage Fighter - a fantastic achievement by the local boy!

The Mayor was delighted to meet Andy and his family and was struck by the commitment that Andy has shown to his training and diet. 

Another guest that Mayor Girvan had previously invited to the Mayor’s Parlour was George Thompson who fought in the second World War.  George very sadly died this month and Mayor Girvan attended his funeral to express her sympathies to his family.

Mayor Girvan facilitated a Question and Answering Session with local Councillors organised by AGEnda this month.  Participants had the opportunity to ask a panel of local councillors questions on the issues that are important to them.

The Mayor introduced the Councillors and facilitated the discussions around a range of questions including,  Bangor Hospital, the regeneration of Queens Parade, and the setting of the new Rates.  The Mayor played a valuable role in ensuring that each question was answered in full.   Around 70 members of AGEnda participated.

January also brought Hollocaust Memorial Day.  A time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who lost their lives or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust. 

Ards and North Down Borough Council joined thousands of organisations across the globe in remembering the Holocaust on Friday 27 January 2017.

It held a special commemorative ceremony at the Town Hall in Bangor based on this year’s theme, How can life go on?, that challenged attendees to contemplate what happens after genocide and to consider our societal responsibilities in the wake of such a crime.

Journalist, Charlie Warmington, provided the keynote speech.  He talked about how his family was affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust, sharing his mother’s story of travelling on Kindertransport to Enniskillen.  Soloist, Andrew McBride, ended the evening.

Mayor of Ards and North Down, Alderman Deborah Girvan, commented:

“It is important that we remember the holocaust.  To quote the philosopher George Santayana, ‘those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’. I would encourage everyone to take time to come along to the exhibition at Bangor Library and use it as a medium for reflection.”

Since January,  Mayor Girvan has had  a busy time raising funds for her charities.  She said, I am indebted to people in the Borough who have helped to raise funds for my three charities.  To date, we have raised £11,500 which is a significant achievement.  We have a number of charity events events coming up and I would like to ask residents to support these events by attending or sending a donation to the Mayor's Charities at the Town Hall, Bangor.  


Saturday 18 February ,         Clay Pigeon Shoot, 10.00am - 2.00pm                   Field of Dreams, Bangor,   £45pp


Friday 3 March                      Bridge Drive, 2.00pm -5.00pm                                Community Hub, Saintfield, donations welcome


Thursday 9 March                 Fairtrade Coffee Morning, 10.00am - 12.00pm      Town Hall, Bangor Castle, donations welcome


Saturday 27 May                     Mayor's Charity Ball, 7.00pm - late,                       Clandeboye Lodge, Bangor, £45pp

If you wish to get in contact with the Mayor’s Office, please call 0300 013 3333.


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