A special royal visitor was welcomed to Hillsborough this week to launch this year’s ‘Hillsborough in Bloom’.
The Duchess of Cornwall was greeted in the village by the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, the Sheriff for County Down, Simon Brien and Lisburn City Council’s Director of Corporate Services Adrian Donaldson.
Outside the Courthouse, The Duchess was invited to view a number of displays for the forthcoming ‘Hillsborough in Bloom’, including the ‘Hillsborough Bugler’ - a striking display of red and white carnations.
Moving into the main reception within the courthouse, she was introduced to a number of groups of invited guests from the Hillsborough community, including the Village Committee, members of the Horticultural Society, the local Scout Group and local church representatives. HRH also met the gardening staff from Lisburn City Council who prepare and plant the many floral displays that Hillsborough village is famous for.
She formally launched the Hillsborough in Bloom 2014 campaign by presenting a tray of plants to Flora McGirr, Hillsborough Village Committee. She also presented the Mayor with a plant from HRH The Prince of Wales’s private residence.
Before departing, The Duchess was presented with a small posy from three-year-old Emma Smith, granddaughter of the Mayor.