This morning flags were raised throughout the County to mark Armed Forces Day. The local Councils organised ceremonies in Antrim, Carrickfergus and Lisburn.
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim was represented by:
The High Sheriff of County Antrim, Mr John Lockett, OBE, attended the ceremony on Lisburn.
Today the Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, KStJ, in his capacity as Knight Commander of the Commandery of Ards, The Order of St John, attended the annual Commandery Service of Commemoration and Re-dedication in St Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry.
The Commandery Chapter met in the Bishop's Gate Hotel before the service for lunch. Where they dined out the previous Knight Commander of Ards, The Viscount Brookeborough, KG, KStJ.
Over the extended Platinum Jubilee weekend, in addition to the beacon lighting ceremonies, the Lieutenancy has been represented at many other events.
The Lord-Lieutenantof County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, has expressed his sincere thanks to all his deputies who have assisted him over a memorable weekend and also thanked the people of County Antrim for organising and attending so many wonderful Platinum Jubilee events.
Here is a variety of pictures from some of the events mentioned above:
As part of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Lieutenancy was involved in Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting Ceremonies throughout the County. Most of the Ceremonies were organised by the Local Councils and our thanks to them for all their hard work.
The Lieutenancy was represented in:
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Mr Andrew Frazer were both joined by one of the Lord-Lieutenant Cadets. Ordinary Cadet Adam Barr, of Sea Cadet Corps TS Ulster, joined the Vice Lord-Lieutenant in Newtownabbey. Cadet Sergeant Rhys Millar, of Air Training Corps 1919 (Newtownabbey) Squadron, joined Mr Frazer in Ballymena.
There was also a separate Beacon Lighting Ceremony at Knockagh Monument, organised by the the RICS, which was attended by Mrs Jackie, Stewart, MBE, DL, a short video was recorded and published by BBC NI, which can be viewed here.
Congratulations to the eight groups from County Antrim that have been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), which were announced today to coincide with the start of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
The eight winners were:
The winners are:
* Ballymaconnelly Renewal Group, Ballymoney
* Carrick Connect, Carrickfergus
* Home-Start Lisburn, Lisburn
* Hope House Ireland, Islandmagee
* Monkstown Community Association, Monkstown
* The Citrah Foundation, Carrickfergus
* The River Bann and Lough Neagh Association Company, Randalstown
* Whiteabbey Community Group, Whiteabbey
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, said: "Many congratulations to these worthy recipients. It is particularly special to receive this prestigious award in the year of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
This is also a fantastic result for County Antrim; receiving 8 out the 13 awards issued to Northern Ireland. I would also like to thank James Perry, MBE, DL, the Lieutenancy lead for the QAVS for all of his work, and all the DLs involved in the extensive assessment process for their support."
Many congratulations to the 19 people from County Antrim who received National Honours in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, which was released to coincide with the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The breakdown of awards is:
The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim and Antrim Lieutenancy join in congratulating all the worthy recipients and thank them for their selfless service to the County and their communities.
The Lord-Lieutenant would also like to congratulate his friend, and colleague, the Lord-Lieutenant of Belfast, Mrs Fionnuala Jay O'Boyle on her appointment as a Dame of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE). Many congratulations, Dame Fionnuala!
The full list was published by the London Gazette and can be viewed here: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/63714/supplement/B1
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