Armoy Clerk of the Course Bill Kennedy will receive an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to local government and to motorcycle road racing.
Kennedy, who learned the news yesterday, has been at the helm of the Armoy Club since the inception of the ‘Race of Legends’ in 2009.
Speaking about the honour, a delighted Kennedy said: “I was very surprised and delighted with the news of receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List today.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this is just not for me but for all of those who have helped me along the way.
“To be honest the news hasn’t quite sunk in, and I have to say that there’s a lot of work to do as the Armoy Road Races are in six weeks’ time. Nothing really stops, I’ll just have to take this in my stride and get on with it.
“It was a great privilege and pleasure to represent Ballymoney Borough Council as Mayor in the final year but there are a lot of hardworking people in local government who I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to, as they have guided and supported me throughout my time in local council,” he added.
“Likewise in the Armoy Motorcycle Road Racing Club. We are a very young club, and this year’s race is only our seventh, but it is through hard work, diligence and commitment of all the club members that we are where we are today and I truly appreciate their help and support over the last number of years.”
“Road Racing is a great sport but without volunteers, clubs and dedicated road racers and teams we wouldn’t have one.”