End of an era

October 4, 2011

Registrar calls time after 38 years

by Brónagh Murphy

Hazel Robinson has been part of Newry and Mourne District Council as long as the establishment itself.  And Thursday marked the end of an era for both Hazel and the entire Council as she retired as from her post as Registrar, after serving an astonishing 38 years in the position.

Hazel’s contribution to the Council, and indeed the whole population of Newry and Mourne, cannot be underestimated.  During her years as Council Registrar – which has spanned five decades – Hazel has registered many thousands of births, marriages and deaths, and more recently, civil partnerships.  Her signature adorns the birth certificates of at least three generations of families in the district.

Having previously worked with Down County Health and Welfare Committee, Hazel Robinson took up the post of Council Registrar at the initial formation of Newry and Mourne District Council in October 1973.  She has remained in the role since.  Over the years she has seen many colleagues come and go, but her dependable presence and professional demeanour have remained consistent for the many people who have met with her to register both joyous and sad occasions.

On Thursday, colleagues, officials, family and friends gathered in the Council Chamber to honour Hazel’s exemplary service and pay tribute to her long and professional contribution to the Council.

Her colleagues and friends at Newry and Mourne District Council take this opportunity to wish Hazel a long and happy retirement after devoting so many years of dedicated service to the Council and the people of Newry and Mourne.