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Coronation to be broadcast on big screens in Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus

The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will be broadcast on big screens in Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is hosting family fun days on Saturday 6 May to coincide with the historic event at Westminster Abbey.

As well as large outdoor screens at each venue, a range of free entertainment will be delivered at the People’s Park in Ballymena, Town Park in Larne, and Marine Gardens in Carrickfergus.

Chair of Council’s Coronation Working Group, Councillor Cheryl Brownlee, said:

“We are delighted to be providing the perfect opportunity for residents to come together to enjoy the Coronation in our beautiful parks in Mid and East Antrim.

“We are encouraging members of the public to pack a picnic and deckchair, and come out to enjoy what promises to be a great day.

“Further details around timings and a breakdown of activities in each park will be available on Council’s website leading up to the event.”

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is hosting a wide range of family friendly events and initiatives to celebrate the Coronation - ranging from the big-screen broadcasts to community grants and activities for local schoolkids.

The programme is led up by Council’s Coronation Working Group, which includes Cllr Brownlee, Cllr Keith Turner, Cllr Matthew Armstrong, Cllr William McCaughey, Cllr Gregg McKeen and Cllr Lauren Gray.

Other activities planned include the lighting up of key buildings in the area, the planting of Coronation-themed floral displays, the rollout of commemorative coins and special colouring books, tree-planting, jewellery-making workshops, certificates for newborns, exhibitions and talks.

Members of the public are also invited to take part in The Big Help Out on the Bank Holiday Monday, which will encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.

Last week, Council launched a Coronation grant scheme for funding of up to £500 for local events.

The events must take place during the Coronation weekend, which is Friday 5 May – Monday 8 May 2023.The closing date for applications for this category is Friday 31 March 2023 at 4pm (subject to the availability of budget).   

Guidance notes can be downloaded from the main grants funding page. Applications should be submitted online.

Further details can be found on our Coronation page.


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