Ballymena & District HPS Dinner & Prize Night in Tullyglass Hotel
Bertie Blair lifts Highest Prize-winner for 1st time –
The local Ballymena & District had another good turn-out of members and friends to celebrate the recent racing season, the event taking place once again at the Tullyglass Hotel on the Galgorm Road. For the last number of years this has taken place just prior to the Blackpool Show weekend, this year the date was Saturday 9th January. Guests included Mid Antrim Secretary George McDowell with other visitors from CullybackeyHPS, Ballymoney HPS and Rasharkin & District. Chairman Tom McAlonan welcomed the members and friends and sent best wishes for full recovery to Harry Richmond and Mrs E Smyth who both had a spell in hospital and were now recovering at home. He also mentioned the passing of former member Jack Rodgers earlier in the year, when racing this loft won the INFC Yearling Nat in 1985 from Inverness. Before serving the meal he invited George Eagleson to say grace.