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Memorial to honour journalist who was world champion flower-arranger

William McMillanA memorial garden is to be built in memory of a former regional journalist who became a clergyman and world champion flower-arranger.

The garden will be dedicated to the Very Rev William McMillan, who served at the First Presbyterian Church, in Dunmurry, Belfast, as minister or minister emeritus for fifty years from 1970 until his death in 2020.

William, who was 88 when he died, had previously been a journalist working for the Dromore Leader before experiencing a call to the ministry and being selected to train by his presbytery.

According to Northern Ireland World, he was at one point a world champion floral arranger and raised over £1 million for charity through his exhibitions and floral demonstrations. Partly as a result of this he was awarded the MBE in 1999.

William, pictured, was also active in trying to heal divisions throughout the Troubles and was awarded the Albert Schweitzer Award for religious freedom by the International Association for Religious Freedom in 1978.

It is hoped by his old church’s congregation that the garden will be “a lasting, living memorial to him which reflected his achievements and interests”.