A week on from his appointment, the new unionist Lord Mayor of Belfast yesterday met some familiar faces during his latest engagement – his own parents.
Clad in his official chain of office, DUP man Brian Kingston visited the home of father Richard, 85, and mother Marion, 84, in the Shankill area of north-west Belfast where they congratuated him on his new role.
In a statement, the Lord Mayor said: “Dad wasn’t able to be at City Hall on the night I took over as Lord Mayor, so I made it a priority to visit them and allow them to feel part of such an important event in our family life. They are both thrilled for me.”
Belfast City Council member Mr Kingston, a member of both the Orange and Royal Black institutions, formally took up the post last Wednesday. He will hold it for one year.
His deputy is Sinn Fein councillor Mary Ellen Campbell.