Members of the Church of Ireland Men’s Society (CIMS) recently attended a meeting hosted by Holywood branch at which the speaker was Lady Sylvia Hermon MP.
Lady Sylvia spoke of her upbringing with two sisters on a small Co Tyrone farm by her father following the death of her mother in a drowning accident.
Following graduation in law from Aberystwyth University she became a lecturer in ‘aw at Queen’s University, Belfast.
When she drafted an article alleging discrimination by the Chief Constable in refusing to allow women to be armed in the light of murders of many of their male colleagues, she was invited to Jack Hermon’s office where she learned this had been a government decision, rendering her article useless.
Jack Hermon was a widower, and it was not long before the growing friendship resulted in Sylvia becoming Lady Hermon.
At the meeting, members enquired about her views on Ian Paisley and past Labour party leaders. This proved to be an excellent evening, covering everything from rural life to Affairs of State.