Lisburn City Council has honoured the Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club for the pivotal role it has played in the success of the event over the past five decades.
The club has raised over £1 million for the world famous road race since 1963, when the Northern Ireland Tourist Board withdrew its funding of the event.
Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, officially welcomed everyone to a reception marking the club’s invaluable contribution, which was hosted by Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee.
Councillor Tolerton said: “Lisburn City Council each year is delighted to have the Ulster Grand Prix take place within its boundaries, and it is a privilege to be able to acknowledge the work of local people who over the years have helped to provide vital funding support for the ‘world’s fastest road race’.”
The UGP Supporters Club celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and Alderman Porter said he was ‘delighted’ to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the club.
“As an avid fan of motorcycle racing I was honoured to have been able to host a reception to thank the members, past and present, of this very enthusiastic voluntary committee that over the years has contributed in excess of £1 million to the Ulster Grand Prix.
“Last year the UGP Supporters Club in partnership with the Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club launched the ‘Buy a Block Campaign’ to build a centre in the pits area in recognition of David Wood.
“To date up to £10,000 has been raised and the council supported an application to the Alpha Fund for further support.
“I am delighted to announce that the Alpha Fund has agreed in principle to provide £45,000 financial support to this project.
“The David Wood Centre will not only provide a permanent memorial to the former road racer and manager of the legendary Joey Dunlop, but will also be the location for committee and race meetings.”