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The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s (RUAS) Annual Meeting took place on Friday 6th March at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Lisburn.

Billy Martin, RUAS President, Christine Adams, RUAS Deputy President, Dr. Alan Crowe, RUAS Chief Executive and Trevor Lockhart, Group Chief Executive of Fane Valley Co-operative following the RUAS Annual Meeting
Billy Martin, RUAS President, Christine Adams, RUAS Deputy President, Dr. Alan Crowe, RUAS Chief Executive and Trevor Lockhart, Group Chief Executive of Fane Valley Co-operative following the RUAS Annual Meeting

During this year’s Annual Meeting, important Council business was discussed and members had the opportunity to come together and catch up with one another. Guest speaker Trevor Lockhart, Group Chief Executive of Fane Valley Co-operative also addressed Council members at the end of the meeting.

RUAS President Billy Martin, Deputy President Christine Adams and RUAS Chief Executive, Dr. Alan Crowe are pictured with the Chairmen of the RUAS Committees at the RUAS Annual Meeting
RUAS President Billy Martin, Deputy President Christine Adams and RUAS Chief Executive, Dr. Alan Crowe are pictured with the Chairmen of the RUAS Committees at the RUAS Annual Meeting

On the day, three new Chairs were elected including Robert McKibbin, Chairman of the Poultry Committee, Crosby Cleland, Chairman of the Show Safety Committee and Alan Armstrong, Chairman of the Winter Fair. In addition to this, Joanne McKinnin, Robert Harkness and Ashley Fleming were elected as Deputy Chairmen of the Poultry, Show Safety and Winter Fair Committees respectively.

Furthermore, 24 RUAS members were elected to Council for a period of three years. Elected members included; Cynthia Aiken, Alan Armstrong, Sam Bell, Barclay Bell, Vaughan Byrne, Dr Sam Campbell, Robin Cherry, Linda Davis, Patricia Erwin, Ashley Fleming, Desmond Gibson, Pauline Gibson, Ian Harvey, Jayne Harkness-Bones, Norma Hoy, Denise Kelso, Eugene Larkin, Jay Lindsay, Alistair McDonald, Robert McKibbin, Geoffrey Ringland, Trevor Shields, Stephen Smith, Alex Woods.

To top off a successful day, James Coburn was presented with the coveted President’s Plate by RUAS President, Billy Martin.

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