Northern Ireland centenary: Fun for all ages at Larne garden party
Families from across Mid and East Antrim turned out to enjoy a fun-filled Garden Party on Saturday to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland.
Almost 3,000 people took in a busy programme of entertainment for all ages at Sandy Bay Playing Fields in Larne, including performances from The Music Yard, Daisie Conway, Magheramorne Silver Band, The Swingtime Starlets, and This Way Up.
There was also an impressive motorcycle trial display by Trialstar and exhibitions by East Antrim Old Vehicle Club, Antrim and Newtownabbey Classic Car Club, Ulster Military Vehicle Club and Austin Owners’ Club.
Pedals and Pedals proved a huge hit with the crowds, with seven models donning Edwardian costumes and bicycles.
Also on offer was street theatre, pop-up cinema , birds of prey and Clydesdale horses.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor William McCaughey, said: “We had a brilliant day on Saturday and I commend all those who took part in the Centenary Garden Party.
“Throughout 2021, Council is hosting a packed programme of events under the NI 100 umbrella to celebrate 100 years since the formation of Northern Ireland.
“These events, exhibitions and community initiatives are all aimed at showcasing and championing culture, heritage, education, history, and future prosperity throughout the Mid and East Antrim Borough.
“Congratulations to our Northern Ireland 100 Working Group, led by Councillor Cheryl Johnston, for all their hard work, vision and commitment to properly mark this historic and celebratory milestone for Northern Ireland.
“All eyes now turn to our Centenary Lumiere at Carrickfergus Castle in October, which promises to be spectacular.”