‘Monarch-mania’ takes hold in Newtownabbey

Mayor Billy Webb pictured with some of the primary school children who were at Mossley Mill to receive special commemorative coins as part of the Jubilee celebrations. INNT 22-067-FP

Mayor Billy Webb pictured with some of the primary school children who were at Mossley Mill to receive special commemorative coins as part of the Jubilee celebrations. INNT 22-067-FP

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NEWTOWNABBEY is in the midst of ‘monarch-mania’ as the borough prepares to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Preparations towards the big day have been in the melting pot for months and scores of schools, community groups and residents will mark the occasion with a host of celebrations.

Newtownabbey Borough Council, which has produced a set of commemorative coins to give to every Primary Seven schoolchild in the borough, is holding a number of special events.

On Saturday, June 2, an Antique and Fine Art Fair will be held at Sentry Hill on the Ballycraigy Road between 11am and 5pm. Professional valuers will be available to offer advice and guidance on antiques - for a small donation, which will go to the Mayor’s charities.

On Sunday, June 3, a Family Fun Day will be held in Jordanstown’s Loughshore Park on the Shore Road. The Big Lunch is on from 11am to 6pm and will include part of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Meanwhile, on Monday, June 4, a Fun Day will be held at Ballyclare War Memorial Park, Ballynure Road, between 1pm and 5pm and a tea dance takes place in the Theatre at The Mill at Carnmoney Road North from 2pm to 5pm, with another session between 7pm and 10pm.

Schools across the borough are holding their own events to mark the historic occasion while residents’ groups and associations are also having celebrations.

Today, Thursday, May 31, Thompson Primary is having a Street Party between noon and 3pm at Mossley Road, and Monkstown Community Association is holding a Senior Citizens’ Tea Dance between 1pm and 5pm in Monkstown Community Centre, Cashel Drive.

On Friday, June 1, Straid Primary at Irish Hill Road will host a Village Street Party, organised by the school’s PTA between 1pm and 4pm, while on Saturday, June 2, the old Mossley Women’s Group is holding a Tea Dance and Family Fun Night between 6pm and 9pm in Mossley Pavilion at Carnmoney Road North. Also on Saturday, there will be a Jubilee Street Party in the Eastway area of Rathcoole between 1pm and 4pm.

On Monday, June 4 Glengormley residents Virginia Davies, Judith McVeigh and Sheila Maginnis have organised a Family Fun Day in their street for the whole community to take part in and enjoy. Proceedings kick off between 3pm and 5pm at Glendermere Heights and everyone is invited to attend what should be a real fun-filled occasion.

Also on Monday, Abbey Presbyterian Church, Monkstown Road, Monkstown is holding a Fun Day from 12pm to 3pm, while between 1pm and 5pm, the South and East Antrim Community Federation is holding a Street Party at Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue.

On Tuesday, June 5 Rathcoole Friends’ of the Somme are having a Fun Day on Foyle Hill between 2pm and 4pm while the Rathcoole Churches Community Group is holding a 1950s Tea Dance in the Dunanney Centre on Rathmullan Drive, from 2pm until 5pm.

Meanwhile, the Ollardale Residents’ Group is holding a Family Fun Day and Barbecue on Saturday, June 23 on the green at the centre of the Ballyclare housing estate from 12.30pm.

And on Friday, June 29 from 7pm, the Doagh Cultural Society is having a Family Fun Day and Barbecue in the village’s community hall on the Beech Green Mill Road.