Queen’s Jubilee: Events and street parties as sunny crowds celebrate across Northern Ireland

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JUBILEE jubilation was felt across Northern Ireland on Saturday as thousands of Royalists got their Union flags and celebrated 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

there were dozens of events and street parties here as Northern Ireland basked in glorious sunshine on Her Majesty’s special day.

Prince Edward and Princess Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex, spent the day touring Northern Ireland as representatives of the royal household and hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets to welcome the couple.

They enjoyed a Belfast bap in the capital before heading to Bangor where the Duke showed off his pint-shooting skills and the duo had an omelet cookout judged by celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Earlier today, the royal couple paid a visit to 2 Royal Avenue, a new community arts space in Belfast city centre, which traveled back in time to the start of Queen Elizabeth’s reign on the throne with an event from 1950s themed jubilee.

The venue has been transformed into 1950s Belfast, allowing visitors to step back in time and get a taste of life in the city 70 years ago.

Eimear Burton, site manager, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and the weather also really helped, we started with the royal visit of Prince Edward and Princess Sophie.

“They were here in the morning which was amazing, once we said goodbye to them we opened up to the public for the rest of the day and told stories, crafts, a giant puppet of chinese dragon and people who have contributed to our digital archive.

“We also had children doing crafts including making little corgis as well as dancers from the Polish community and an exhibition of dances through the ages.

“On top of that we had several screenings of the children’s film The Queen’s Corgi with free popcorn, a vintage market where you could get your hair done in 1950s style and a record store. Everything was gone.

“We had at least a thousand people coming through the doors, which on a very sunny day in Belfast, where most people probably wanted to be seated in the garden, is brilliant.

“The venue is owned and operated by Belfast City Council and has become a cultural centre. It used to be a Tesco, but it’s very different now.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest from different sections of the community and community groups, which is positive. We got as many people through the doors as we could and gave them a great taste of Northern Ireland, we had a great royal day.

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Events took place in many communities, including Portadown, where the YMCA held a street party on the grounds of Millington Elementary School.

Among the festivities were inflatables, vintage cars, music and a display of birds of prey.

Elsewhere in Kesh, County Fermanagh, a street party offered prizes for the most original Jubilee cake and flower arrangements.

In Bangor, the Quay Street car park hosted a series of activities throughout the day celebrating the food, music and dance of the eras that passed under QEII’s reign. Visitors were transported back in time as the area was transformed by beach shacks, vintage fairground rides and a ballroom featuring music and dancing from each of the decades.

Along the Eisenhower Pier, a demonstration kitchen had chefs from each of the decades serving iconic recipes, including Coronation Chicken.

In Jordanstown, County Antrim, comedian Shane Todd and Downtown Radio presenter Stuart Robinson joined broadcaster Claire McCollum for an evening of live entertainment including a live screening of the Palace party.

Elsewhere in Fermanagh, there was a day of family fun and an armed forces display at the Royal Grammar School in Enniskillen, followed by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Fermanagh who performed the Beating Retreat.

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