Unionist veteran hangs up his robe
East Belfast Ulster Unionist Councillor Dr Ian Adamson lost his seat after one of the longest counts of these council elections.
Although it came down to Dr Adamson and DUP newcomer John Hussey, the retired doctor and historian lost out at the expense of the Alliance Party, which gained another representative in the Victoria District Electoral Area.
Dr Adamson was first elected to the City Council in 1989 and was Lord Mayor in 1996.
As well as a career in paediatrics at the Royal Victoria Hospital and later the Ulster Hospital, Dr Adamson speaks 10 languages and has authored several books on history and religion.
He also served on the Northern Ireland Assembly for East Belfast between 1998 and 2003 but Dr Adamson’s political career came to an end at 10 pm on Monday when he was eliminated after a long count.
There was muted respect from a mixed crowd of DUP and PUP representatives who also stayed to the end as Dr Adamson left in a quiet, dignified manner with his wife Kerry.
Dr Adamson will continue as High Sheriff until next January as that role is appointed by the Northern Ireland Office.
Ed: My mother served on North Down council for 17 years, and she was considered long-serving. Heeding the call of his Party, Ian Adamson came back for more after 22 years. I'm sure that many will wish Ian well, not least the readers and Editor of the Impala Publications blog.
Read an impressive recent political speech of Ian's in On Political Selection Speeches, by Councillor Dr Ian Adamson OBE, Saturday, February 19. 2011