Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday with 21-gun salute
Thursday 10 January 2019
A 21-gun salute will take place in Mid and East Antrim this April to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 93rd birthday.
The special event in honour of Her Majesty will take place in Carrickfergus.
The celebratory salute was confirmed at Monday’s monthly meeting of the Council.
Councillor Billy Ashe MBE said he was delighted Council was marking Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday in spectacular fashion.
Councillor Ashe said: “Last year we marked Prince Philip’s 97th birthday with a 21-gun salute and it was a hugely successful event and fitting tribute in honour of His Royal Highness.
“The turnout from our residents and visitors to the Borough was fantastic and on the back of that celebration I am extremely proud that Mid and East Antrim will play such a vital role in Her Majesty’s birthday.
“We have extremely strong links to our Royal family and the military.
“Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine were granted the titles of Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus to mark their marriage, and in 1961 Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh landed in Carrickfergus for the start of a two-day visit to Northern Ireland.
“It is the ideal venue for what will be another superb event to celebrate the birthday of a lady who has dedicated her life to public service.”
Further details regarding the gun salute will be announced by Council in due course.
Photograph: A 21-gun salute which took place to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 97th birthday in 2018