Council to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

BALLYMONEY Council has agreed to take part in plans to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations next year.

Ballymoney Council minutes said: ‘Committee recommended at its meeting in February past, and Council agreed, in principle to collaborate in a joint celebration of next year’s 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne.

‘Officers representing Councils in Co. Antrim attended a meeting hosted by Her Majesty’s Lieutenant (HML) earlier this month to consider events in Co. Antrim to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend 2-5 June 2012.

‘HML expressed her desire for a calendar of events on a county-wide basis and for the involvement of as many young people, organisations and community associations as possible. The events could take place throughout the year.

‘A project to co-ordinate the lighting of 2012 beacons throughout the UK, Channel Island and Isle of Man, involving local authorities, town and parish councils, country land and estate owners and communities, is under consideration. There are two types of beacons, a bonfire beacon or a church tower beacon (available at est. £300).

‘Committee is invited to consider if and how it wishes to be involved in the local and county celebrations and if it wishes to participate in the beacon project. No specific budget has been allocated for the celebrations.

‘Members were in agreement that Council become involved in the county celebrations and also support local community celebrations and suggested various ways to mark this significant event.

‘Councillor Finlay suggested that Council bring the matter to the marketing sub-committee to discuss ideas.

‘It was proposed by Councillor Finlay, seconded by Councillor Robinson and agreed to recommend that Council defer the item of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 2012 to the marketing sub-committee for consideration.’