Grace Bannister

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Grace Bannister, OBE (died 1986), was a Unionist politician in Northern Ireland.

Bannister was elected to Belfast Corporation in 1965, representing the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP).[1] She stood as an independent Unionist in Belfast South at the 1973 Northern Ireland Assembly election, after failing to secure an official party nomination. She was not elected and continued to sit with the UUP group on the council.[2][3]

Bannister served as Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1975–1976,[4] and in 1979 was appointed High Sheriff of Belfast. In 1981 she was elected as the first female Lord Mayor of Belfast, beating Paddy Devlin and Stewart McCrea.[1]


Bannister was awarded an OBE in the 1984 New Years' Honours.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Belfast woman elected mayor", Irish Times, 2 June 1981
  2. ^ South Belfast 1973-1984, Northern Ireland Elections
  3. ^ Walter Ellis, "'Unionist country' where Faulkner expects to do well", Irish Times, 13 June 1973
  4. ^ "New Lord Mayor of Belfast installed", Irish Times, 3 June 1975
  5. ^ "Fred Daly received MBE", Irish Times, 31 December 1983
Civic offices
Preceded by
New creation
Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast
1975 – 1977
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Carson
High Sheriff of Belfast
Succeeded by
Michael Browne
Preceded by
John Carson
Lord Mayor of Belfast
Succeeded by
Thomas Patton