Let us celebrate with you

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Today in the News Letter we begin a new series where we put you, the reader, in the spotlight!

Celebrations is a page dedicated to all the milestones in your life, and we want you to send us your pictures and all the details about the momentous events you are celebrating right now.

Recently engaged couple Aaron Gray and Kristy Simpson

Recently engaged couple Aaron Gray and Kristy Simpson

From weddings to the arrival of new family members, special anniversaries to retirements, awards and graduations, we want to know all about it.

Celebrations will run every Saturday, and all you have to do to ensure you or your loved ones are featured is send your pictures to celebrations@newsletter.co.uk.

You can also use this link – http://www.newsletter.co.uk/extra/content/your-stories – or post them via Facebook or twitter (tweet us @NLFeatures).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Top honour for Ian

Alderman Ian Burns from Loughbrickland is pictured with his wife Beverley at Buckingham Palace in November 2014 when he received an MBE for his services to local government and the local community. His wife, Beverley is also holding the MBE which she was awarded in the New Years Honours list in 2012 (for her work with the Trading Standards Service in Northern Ireland.) The pair have been married 10 years and Ian been a councillor with the Ulster Unionist Party for over 18 years.

From young love to a fairytale proposal

Portadown couple Aaron Gray and Kristy Simpson first met when they were just 11 years old, and remained close friends throughout their lives.

However they only officially got together as a couple three years ago - but earlier this year, 28-year-old joiner Aaron surprised his girlfriend, who is the same age, with a stunning engagement ring that he chose himself - and a marriage proposal.

The pair have been walking on air ever since, and are excitedly planning their wedding, which is set to take place on Friday May 20, 2016.

“Aaron is from Portadown, but lived most of his life in Enniskillen,” said Kristy, who owns popular Portadown shoe and clothing boutique Sitara Morgan.

“I am from India, but I was adopted and I now live in Portadown. We’ve been going out three years and got engaged on February 27.”

We at the News Letter would like to wish Aaron and Kristy all the very best as they plan their Big Day!

*Have you recently got engaged? Please get in touch and send us all the details so we can help you celebrate!

Birthday wishes

Birthday greetings to Nicola Whyte from Warrenpoint who will be celebrating her birthday this Thursday with her husband Jay and niece Eva who will be 11 on the same day.

Co Antrim woman Jacinta Madden recently celebrated her 60th birthday. Jacinta, from Portglenone, has nine children and 16 grandchildren. She celebrated the big event all her family and friends.