FORMER Ulster Unionist Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Jim Rodgers has just been appointed honorary president of the Belfast Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade.
Mr Rodgers, for the last eight years BB honorary vice-president, succeeds the late Colonel Jimmy Hughes, a very senior member of the Royal British Legion, who died eight months ago, aged 93.
The East Belfast councillor, a Methodist and a former director of Glentoran Football Club, was a member of the 39th Belfast company of the BB which was connected to the Pitt Street Methodist Mission in the Ballymacarrett area.
The 39th and Pitt Street produced some great footballers over the years, some of whom played in the Irish League, English and Scottish leagues and also for Northern Ireland.
Mr Rodgers is one of Belfast’s longest-serving councillors and serves on a wide range of boards and committees in the public, private and community/voluntary sector.
He is looking forward to his new role and will endeavour to give positive leadership to an organisation, which is more than 125 years old.