Readers enjoy milestone birthdays and anniversaries this month!

Renee Richardson
Renee Richardson

Welcome to our new weekly page 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.

Newtownabbey couple Roy and Barbara McGivern recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

Newtownabbey couple Roy and Barbara McGivern recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

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!

Fifty golden years married for McGiverns

23 year-old Tamsin Claessen, and 19 year-old Thomas Martin, both students Belfast Metropolitan ''College, took first and third place respectively in the head-to-head final of the second annual Cook ''South Africa! competition.

23 year-old Tamsin Claessen, and 19 year-old Thomas Martin, both students Belfast Metropolitan ''College, took first and third place respectively in the head-to-head final of the second annual Cook ''South Africa! competition.

A Newtownabbey couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary surrounded by all their loved ones at a special function in the Royal British Legion Club in Whiteabbey.

Roy and Barbara McGivern were married in North Belfast City Mission on March 20, 1965 and enjoyed a short honeymoon in Portrush. They moved to Newtownabbey in the early 1970s and still live there today. They have three children and two grandchildren. We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Mr and Mrs McGivern on their special milestone.

Student chefs’ success

Two Belfast Metropolitan College students have taken first and third place in a nationwide competition to encourage young chefs in the UK to learn about South African cooking.

Twenty-three-year-old Tamsin Claessen, and 19-year-old Thomas Martin took first and third place respectively in the head-to-head final of the second annual Cook South Africa! competition. Tamsin wins a trip to Franschhoek, the culinary heartland of South Africa’s Western Cape, and will spend a week in the kitchen of Margot Janse in the award-winning Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français.

Tamsin, Thomas and six other finalists were selected by Margot Janse from a paper-based first round, which saw entries from students and chefs already working in the industry. The nationwide contest was launched last year to encourage young chefs in the UK to learn about South African fruit and to take inspiration from South African cooking and traditional dishes. Students up to the age of 25 years old were asked to submit their own three-course South African menu, incorporating South African peaches, nectarines, plums, apples and pears.

An amazing April for 80-year-old Renee

April is a big month for Lurgan lady Renee Richardson. Today she celebrates a milestone birthday as she turns 80. And earlier this month, on Wednesday April 1, she and her husband George - who kindly contacted us to see if we could feature her on our special Celebrations page - marked 54 years of wedded bliss. The

couple will no doubt be celebrating these special events with their family, including their two sons and two daughters, their eight grandchildren, and their great grand-daughter. Have a lovely day Renee!