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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Lisburn prepares to celebrate 400th anniversary


PREPARATIONS are underway for Lisburn's 400th anniversary celebrations.

The city's Mayor, Councillor Ronnie Crawford, is establishing a working group to proceed with plans for a year-long celebration of Lisburn's history.

A host of proposals have been put forward to commemorate the momentous occasion, including the publication of an historical booklet, an exhibition at Lisburn Museum, a youth film festival, a musical festival and the commissioning of a drama, relating to the founding of Lisburn.

However, these are just a few of the ideas being considered and a lot of work is planned before the end of the year to ensure the year-long celebration is a great success.

At a meeting of the council's Leisure Services Committee, Alderman Ivan Davis stressed the importance of the anniversary and ensuring everything possible was done to make Lisburn's 400th year a memorable one.

"We need to pull out all the stops because we want this to be a success," said Mr Davis.

Councillor Margaret Tolerton also made the suggestion that the people of Lisburn should be asked for their ideas on how best to celebrate next year.

* Do you have any ideas on how to celebrate Lisburn's 400th anniversary? Would you like a party? Or a concert? Or what about commissioning a piece of public art to mark the occasion? Whatever your idea, the Ulster Star would like to hear from you. Send your 400th anniversary celebration ideas to or write to 400th Anniversary, Ulster Star, 12A Bow Street, Lisburn, BT28 1BN.

Ulster Star