Queen’s 90th birthday marked in spectacular style

Brody Johnston having fun at Carrickfergus promenade. INCT 16-011-PSB

Brody Johnston having fun at Carrickfergus promenade. INCT 16-011-PSB

A fireworks display brought Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s celebrations of the Queen’s 90th birthday to a spectacular conclusion on Thursday evening.

The display that illuminated the sky over Carrickfergus Castle - backdrop to Queen Elizabeth II’s famous visit to the town in 1961 - followed the lighting of a beacon to mark the royal milestone.

Lesley-Anne Kinnon with Madison, Daniel, Harry and Mason enjoying the Queen`s 90th birthday celebrations. INCT 16-022-PSB

Lesley-Anne Kinnon with Madison, Daniel, Harry and Mason enjoying the Queen`s 90th birthday celebrations. INCT 16-022-PSB

The short ceremony, which included the reading of a birthday message from Prince Charles to his mother, was led by the Vice Lord Lieutenant for Country Antrim, Richard Reade DL and MEA Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe.

The Fisherman’s Quay beacon was part of a nation-wide chain of beacons in which the principal one was lit by the Queen.

Hosted by MEA Council, spectators also enjoyed music and entertainment along Carrickfergus promenade in the build-up with around 2,000 people - double the number originally anticipated - in attendance on a clear spring evening.

Earlier in the day, the borough resounded to the peal of church bells to herald the start of a variety of birthday celebrations.

Rihanna and Lewis Garston at the Queen`s 90th birthday celebrations at Carrickfergus promenade. INCT 16-008-PSB

Rihanna and Lewis Garston at the Queen`s 90th birthday celebrations at Carrickfergus promenade. INCT 16-008-PSB