A stalwart of the local cricket scene has had his seven decades of playing and behind-the-scenes involvement recognised with an MBE.
Roy Harrison first became involved with Waringstown Cricket Club as an enthusiastic six-year-old and would go on to become president of the Irish Cricket Union.
A life member of Waringstown Cricket Club, a pavilion at the Co Down ground was named in his honour in 2009.
He described news of the MBE as “a shock and a pleasant surprise” but said the club is always more important than any individual award.
“I’m still associated with the committee and the club at Waringstown and they made me a life member in November - that in itself was a terrific surprise and a great honour.
“This has been a great year for myself, but it’s all about the club - that is the main thing.”
Now 76, Roy said he has no regrets after dedicating 70 years to his beloved sport.
“I was there as a child 70 years ago. We used to go up to the cricket ground, or The Lawn as we call it, and you were given a bat and ball and told to go out and practise.
“It has been an absolute dream for me because I have enjoyed all of my roles within the cricket set-up at Waringstown, the NCU and with Ireland.
“I have enjoyed it all - it has been absolutely terrific. One particular high point was winning the treble in 1992.
“That was a magnificent effort and I would say that was my own highlight,” he added.