Civic and Ceremonial

Platinum Jubilee celebrations

On 6 February, Her Majesty became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this historic occasion, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.

Across the Borough of Mid and East Antrim, a series of community and civic events will take place to mark the Platinum Jubilee as agreed by our Elected Members, to celebrate the civic leadership and dedication shown by Her Majesty over her 70 years as monarch.

We were also greatly honoured to have Glenarm Forest recognised as Northern Ireland’s first accredited Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) conservation forest.

The QCC accreditation recognises Glenarm Forest’s dedication to sustainable forestry and its role in contributing to people’s wellbeing and enjoyment for the community and for the generations to come.

As a borough, Mid & East Antrim has long-standing and historic links to the monarchy and we are proud to commemorate Her Majesty on such an important milestone.

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Poetry Competition

Schools across the Borough are being invited to take part in a unique competition to help mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

School pupils are being encouraged to set down in verse their thoughts on what the Queen means to them and their families.

A judging panel will assess the best poems with the overall winner receiving a £100 book token. There will also be runner up prizes of £50 book tokens, with pupils and their teachers invited to the Mayor’s Parlour to receive their winning certificates. The winning entries will also be sent to Her Majesty the Queen.

Topics can include themes such as The day I saw the Queen, What the Queen means to me, If I could speak to the Queen, what would I say?, or a general theme of the writer's choice.

The closing date for submissions is 14 May 2022. 

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Events

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council will be celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen with major events across the Borough in June.

  • June 2 at 2pm, town criers will announce the official proclamation of the Platinum Jubilee events at Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne and that evening beacons will be lit in the three towns to join those in a chain of celebration across the UK. Entertainments will lead up to the beacon lightings, expected to be at 9.45pm.
  • June 4 Platinum parties will be held in the towns featuring the cream of local musical and entertainment talent ahead of the televising on large screens of the Buckingham Palace concert celebrating the historic occasion. Local celebrations will begin in the early evening and then livestream the concert from London
  • June 5 St. Patrick’s Church in Ballymena will be location for an afternoon civic service to reflect on the outstanding service of the Queen to the nation.

In addition to the official events, the council has a grant scheme which is offering local community groups the opportunity to stage their own events during the holiday period, encouraging celebrations on Friday, June 3, so as not to clash with official events.

Ballymena

June 2 at 2pm at the Harmony Hub, Ballymena

  • Town Criers proclaim the Jubilee

June 2 from 7.45pm to 10pm at The People's Park, Ballymena

  • 7.45pm - 9pm Children's Entertainment
  • 8pm The Maine Weavers
  • 9pm Arran School of Dance
  • 9.20pm Words from the Mayor
  • 9.25pm Poem fit for a Queen
  • 9.30pm Arran School of Dance
  • 9.35pm Piper – Diu Regnare
  • 9.40pm Bugler – Majesty - Royal Irish
  • 9.45pm Lighting of the Beacon
  • 9.45pm - 10pm Piper ends the evening

June 4 from 6pm to 10pm at The People's Park, Ballymena

  • 6pm Ballymena Chamber Orchestra
  • 7pm - 8pm Children's Entertainment
  • 7.45pm Words from the Mayor
  • 7.50pm Poem fit for a Queen
  • 7.55pm Pipers
  • 8pm Televised concert
  • 10pm Close of concert

Carrickfergus

June 2 at 2pm at the Big Lamp, Carrickfergus

  • Town Criers proclaim the Jubilee

June 2 from 7.45pm to 10pm at Castle Green, Carrickfergus 

  • 7.45pm - 9pm Children's Entertainment
  • 7.45pm - 8pm Inglesby’s Fife and Drum
  • 8pm - 8.45pm Star of Knockagh Accordion Band
  • 8.45pm - 9pm Sir Henry Inglesby’s Fife and Drum
  • 9pm Words from the Mayor /Representative
  • 9.10pm Poems fit for a Queen
  • 9.35pm Piper – Diu Regnare
  • 9.40pm Bugler – Majesty - Morris Cameron
  • 9.45pm Lighting of the Beacon
  • 9.45pm - 10pm Piper ends the evening

June 4 from 4pm to 10pm at Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus

  • 4pm - 5pm 3rd Carrick Silver
  • 4pm - 6pm Children's Entertainment
  • 5pm - 5.45pm Cake Fit for a Queen baking competition
  • 5pm - 6pm The Corgi Convention (By Doggy Command) – bring your corgis (and other dogs) for an organised history walk of Carrickfergus town centre
  • 5pm - 6pm History tour – George McGrand
  • 5pm Sir Henry Inglesby’s Fife and Drum
  • 5.15pm Studio 86 Dancers
  • 5.30pm - 6.30pm Bubble Trouble
  • 6.15pm Tartan Riot
  • 7.15pm Words from the Mayor
  • 7.20pm Poems fit for a Queen – local entrants from the competition
  • 8pm Televised concert
  • 10pm Close of concert

Larne

June 2 at 2pm at Broadway, Larne

  • Town Criers proclaim the Jubilee

June 2 from 7pm to 10pm at Larne Town Park

  • 7pm - 8pm Carnival Promotions Magic Show and Bubblemania
  • 8pm Magheramorne Silver Band
  • 8pm – 9pm Juggler
  • 9pm Words from the Mayor or HMLL/Representative
  • 9.10pm Poem fit for a Queen
  • 9.15pm – Tim Johnston
  • 9.35pm Piper – Diu Regnare
  • 9.40pm Bugler – Majesty – MSB
  • 9.45pm Lighting of the Beacon
  • 9.45pm-10pm Piper ends the evening

June 4 from 5pm to 10pm at Larne Market Yard

  • 5pm - 7pm Children's Entertainment
  • 5pm - 5.45pm Billy Teare
  • 5.45pm - 6.15pm Ami Ogilby Flautist & Lisa Dawson singer
  • 6.15pm - 6.45pm Lisa Dempsey School of Dance
  • 6.45pm Zolene and the ALS Band
  • 7.45pm Words from the Mayor
  • 7.55pm Poem fit for a Queen
  • 8pm Televised concert
  • 10pm Close of concert

The Big Jubilee Lunch

We're inviting communities to come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch as part of the official celebrations for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

A once in a lifetime event, this unique Big Lunch is set to be a cracker!

Whether it’s sharing a cuppa with a neighbour on the doorstep or a bigger bash in the street, join millions of people across the UK to share friendship, food and fun.

It's the party that's right up your street, and everyone's invited, so let's take to our streets, gardens and neighbourhoods to have fun and get to know one another a little better.

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