Pupils mark Queen’s birthday

Queen Elizabeth II.  Picture credit: Mark Cuthbert.
Queen Elizabeth II. Picture credit: Mark Cuthbert.

Local school children are to draw on artistic talents to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday.

Although Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday won’t be until May, a series of celebratory events across Mid and East Antrim Borough are already being organised.

Judging has just taken place for a three-part school competition - to design a birthday card for the Queen, or a poster or to write a poem to mark the celebrations. Suggestions included her love of horses and dogs, or her more formal role as Queen to include her throne or her role across the Commonwealth.

An impressive array of colourful artworks resulted and these was laid out in The Braid Atrium for the judges Joan Christie OBE, Her Majesties Lord Lieutenant, Councillor Timothy Gaston, Deputy Mayor and Rosalind Lowry, Arts and Events Development Officer to inspect.

Cllr Gaston said: “There are a great many talented youngsters across the Borough and it was very hard to choose between them – but the decisions have been made.

“An awards ceremony and announcement of winners will take place in April in the Mayor’s Parlour when all will be revealed,” Cllr Gaston added.