Historic first meeting in restored White House

Members of the White House Preservation Trust at the first meeting held in the historic building which is undergoing extensive restoration. From left are Vikki Dundas Vice Chairman; Lord O'Neill, JJ Tohill, Billy Webb, Chairman; Alister Bell Secretary; John Sherlock, Treasurer; Fred Dundee, Ellen Wilson and Roy McComb. INNT 15-212-CON
Members of the White House Preservation Trust at the first meeting held in the historic building which is undergoing extensive restoration. From left are Vikki Dundas Vice Chairman; Lord O'Neill, JJ Tohill, Billy Webb, Chairman; Alister Bell Secretary; John Sherlock, Treasurer; Fred Dundee, Ellen Wilson and Roy McComb. INNT 15-212-CON

AFTER many long years, the ambitious dreams nurtured and progressed by members of White House Preservation Trust for the restoration of Newtownabbey borough’s oldest building are fast approaching reality.

The White House Preservation Trust was formed in 2000 in order to advance the restoration of the 16th century fortified farmhouse building on Belfast Lough. And Tuesday, April 5 was an historic day for the Trust when they held their first meeting in the ‘new’ White House, despite the fact that works there are not yet fully complete.

The Trustees were able to get a first-hand look at the building which will be ready by the end of this month.

They were also the first group to enjoy a previously unseen view of Belfast Lough from one of the White House’s three flankers, a view that members of the public will be able to take in from mid-May.

As is only to be expected there was none more pleased to observe the work that has been taking place on site than the Chairman of the Trust, Billy Webb, who has been a key driver of this project since plans for the restoration were mooted as far back as 1997.

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