Ulster Unionist MLA Mike Nesbitt has hit out at the Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Belfast following his actions at a Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme ceremony at the City Hall last night.
The Strangford representative said;
“Last night at the City Hall the Lord Mayor of Belfast once again demonstrated his inability to represent all the citizens of the City.
Belfast City Council has a tradition of hosting Duke of Edinburgh Award ceremonies and there was another one at the City Hall last night.
Questions were raised when the proceedings started 45 minutes late with no explanation. Then the five people listed as forming the Platform Party – including the Lord Mayor – were joined by a sixth.
The Programme of events listed item 2 as “Presentation of Certificates by The Lord Mayor” but for some reason he stopped half way through and the remainder of the certificates were presented by the sixth person, Mr Gordon Topping of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.
The problem appeared to be down to the fact that one of the recipients was from the Army Cadet Force.
Actions speak louder than words and thanks to the actions of the Sinn Fein Lord Mayor of Belfast, 150 award winners, plus friends and parents were kept waiting for 45 minutes.