CRUMLIN Young Farmers Club celebrated its 85th birthday with an Anniversary Dinner Dance in the Tullyglass House Hotel, Ballymena, at the beginning of February.
Special guest was James Speers, President of the YFCU, who thanked the club for its kind invitation, remarking that he had worked closely with Crumlin, especially focusing on its excellent charity work.
Last year, too, he had attended the club’s Parents’ Night, where a cheque was presented to the British Lung Foundation.
This year, Crumlin is closely working with Action Mental Health, a local charity which works to enhance the quality of life and the employability of people with mental health needs or a learning disability in Northern Ireland.
Mr Speers also cast his mind back to the 1990s when the future of the Crumlin club was in doubt, having dropped down to barely more than a handful of members. Since those dark days, though, thanks to a lot of hard work, the club has grown from strength to strength, with 66 members currently enrolled on the books.
The 85th anniversary cake was cut by club leader Connor McCleery and secretary Kerry Given.
Connor expressed thanks to everyone for their support, in particular Claire Buchanan for baking the cake and also all those who had donated prizes for the ballot.Relinquishing the reins after five years as club leader, Connor added that he was pleased to be bowing out on a high, hoping that the club will continue at the standard it is now.
Secretary Kerry Given thanked the members for their help not only in organising the dinner, but throughout the year. Kerry is also coming to the end of her two year reign as secretary.
The club also paid respects to Robert Flowerday, whose death had rocked the entire Crumlin community.
The music for the dance which followed was by ‘Suckin Diesel’.