Marion Fleming from Banbridge has won a hamper of locally-produced household brands and award-winning specialty artisan food and drink after entering a competition run in the Council’s new residents’ magazine, Borough Link.
Lord Mayor Councillor Garath Keating, accompanied by Head of Economic Development Nicola Wilson and Economic Development Assistant Sharon Daly, presented Marion with her prize on behalf of the Food Heartland Forum – which the Council established earlier this year to champion the borough’s thriving agri-food sector, passionate producers and quality creators.
Marion took the opportunity to describe how she too has turned her passion for baking into a new enterprise having recently set up her own business, Flemings Farmhouse Bakery, specialising in gluten free produce.
Six winners, who entered a separate competition in the magazine to win a £50 meal voucher in a local restaurant of their choice, were also named. Among them were Aimee Neill (Armagh), Karen McCabe (Armagh), Ann Lennon (Lurgan), Carol Boyce (Lurgan), Jennifer Patterson (Banbridge) and Kathleen Camlin (Banbridge).
The meal vouchers were kindly sponsored by Fox Building and Civil Engineering Limited – the company responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of Portadown People’s Park.