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A weekend of free family entertainment to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee



Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has released further details of its plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Across the Borough, a series of community and civic events will take place to celebrate the civic leadership and dedication shown by Her Majesty throughout her 70 years as monarch.


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

Town criers will announce the official proclamation of the Platinum Jubilee events on Thursday 2 June at 2pm at the Harmony Hub, Ballymena; the Big Lamp, Carrickfergus and at Broadway, Larne. That evening beacons will also be lit also in the three towns to join those in a chain of celebration across the UK at 9.45pm.


In addition to this a programme of entertainment and events has been planned for the three towns to mark this momentous occasion.


They are as follows:

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

  • 7.45pm - 9pm Children's Entertainment

  • 8pm The Maine Weavers

  • 9pm Dancers Arran School of Dance

  • 9.20pm Words from the Mayor

  • 9.25pm Poem fit for a Queen

  • 9.30pm Dancers Arran School of Dance

  • 9.35pm Piper– Diu Regnare

  • 9.40pm Bugler – Majesty

  • 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 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 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


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

Residents can keep up to date and get the very latest information on Council’s plans by following their social media channels.


They also have a dedicated webpage which is updated regularly:


midandeastantrim.gov.uk/Jubilee