A TRIBUTE garden to honour the legendary Dromara Destroyers was unveiled last Thursday evening (27 September).
The garden in their home village is designed to honour the four local riders who managed to achieve so much in their racing careers.
Brian Reid, Raymond McCullough, Trevor Steele and Ian McGregor successfully competed in many high-profile racing competitions throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
The Dromara Destroyers with Destroyers Bill Kennedy from Armoy Road Races and Jim Dunlop from the famous Armoy Armada. Photographs: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia.
Dromara Destroyer, Trevor Steele, said he was “overwhelmed and delighted” with the finished garden.
He added: “I am humbled by the creation of this magnificent garden. Not many people can say they have lived to see themselves honoured in this way. We are all delighted with the finished project.
“I want to express my sincerest thanks to all those involved, particularly the Destroyers Committee that have campaigned over the years to make this happen. Motorbike racing is in our blood and we hope that our legacy will continue to inspire others from Dromara and further afield.”
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council supported the development of the tribute garden which was delivered with additional funding support from the NI Rural Development Programme through Lagan Rural Partnership.
The garden also came to fruition due to successful fundraising carried out by the Dromara Destroyers Committee over the years.
The new garden designed by Tom Quinn of Quinn Architects includes four bronzed busts of the Destroyers created by artist John Sherlock, plus new seating and lighting.
Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chair of Lagan Rural Partnership, added: “The completed garden looks tremendous and really will adds something special to the centre of Dromara village and the surrounding rural community. It is a true celebration of the area’s support for these riders and the wider biking fraternity. It will also generate additional tourism footfall and creates a perfect way to tell the story of the Dromara Destroyers.”