A NUMBER of major events are planned by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council to mark the 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland next year.
Events being considered include, according to a Council report, ‘a prestigious sporting event’ and a ‘large family event’ as well as a community grants bursary.
A Civic Service and dinner is planned and a ‘time capsule’ will be created.
There will be also be a ‘dedication of a Northern Ireland 100 item’ and a ‘Mid and East Antrim 100 years legacy book’ will be created.
There will also be ‘production of a Northern Ireland 100 Commemorative coin’ and a museum exhibition and ‘virtual memories tour’.
A council report said: ‘The year 2021 will see the 100th anniversary of Northern Ireland and this historic year will provide Mid and East Antrim Borough Council with an opportunity to celebrate the people, places and products of Northern Ireland and specifically those from within Mid and East Antrim.
‘The 100th Anniversary will also provide numerous opportunities to celebrate and treasure the rich sporting, cultural, entrepreneurial and academic talent from within Mid and East Antrim Borough that has placed Northern Ireland on the world stage.
‘As well as celebrating our people, this significant occasion will provide an opportunity to promote our Borough as an attractive place to live, visit, work and importantly highlight the advantageous investment opportunties available’.
The report said the borough has secured the Northern Ireland Armed Forces Day event next June.
At a council meeting in Ballymena on Monday night, Mayor Peter Johnston, said he was pleased to say that the Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy is “pursuing all available funding avenues”.
He added that the Chief Executive was also “re-profiling the underspend” from this year’s events programme “to ensure that the Northern Ireland Centenary is adequately marked in Mid and East Antrim”.
Councillor Cheryl Johnston (DUP) said it was “tremendous” that the area had secured Armed Forces Day.
She said the proposed centenary events will be able to be “enjoyed by everybody in our borough” and added that it was a “very important milestone”.
DUP councillor Gregg McKeen said it will be an opportunity to “showcase” Northern Ireland not just here but “across the world”.
Alliance councillor Gerardine Mulvenna said it was “great to see” how much work had been done by the council to prepare for next year.