THE Northern Ireland Sim-mental Cattle Breeders’ Club has made a presentation to Harold Walker to mark his retirement.
The Dungannon Rugby Club stalwart retired recently after 30 years in the role of clubhouse manager.
The Stevenson Park venue on the outskirts of Dungannon has been home to the Simmental Club’s meetings, AGM and annual charity barbecue for almost three decades.
Local Simmental breeder David Hazelton was elected breed chair-
man in 1990/91 and was instrumental in introducing the club to the facilities at Dungannon Rugby Club.
He said: “The NI Simmental Club staged its first barbecue at the rugby club in 1991 and since then Harold and his team have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help make the event a success.
“The barbecue has been an annual event since then, and in excess of £150,000 has been raised for numerous local charities, including NSPCC, Friends of the Cancer Centre, and Air Ambulance NI.
“Over the years Harold and Dungannon Rugby Club have hosted numerous fundraising events on behalf of cattle and sheep breed clubs and other organisations.”
Making the presentation, the club’s vice-chairman Keith Nelson said: ”We are delighted to present Harold Walker with a small token of our appreciation.
“He is held in high esteem within the ranks of the NI Simmental Club, and his invaluable input has been greatly appreciated by the various club chairmen and secretaries over the years.
“Harold has made numerous ‘farming’ friends and acquaintances, and in 2009 presented the club with the Betty Walker Memorial Cup in memory of his late wife. This prestigious trophy is awarded annually to the person who makes a significant contribution to the NI Simmental Club.”
Concluding, Keith Nelson added: “On behalf of the office bearers, committee members, and club members, I’d like to express our sincere thanks, and offer Harold our best wishes on his well-earned retirement.”