by STACEY HEAHEY
The Queen meets staff during a tour around the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Lisburn before she opened the new visitors' centre during her last visit to Lisburn in October 2010
LISBURN City Council are to send a letter to the Queen congratulating her on her 60 years on the throne.
Monday, February 6, was the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession, following the death of her father, King George VI in 1952.
The Queen, who usually marks the day privately, instead performed Royal duties in Sandringham as the official launch of the build-up to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations got underway.
Speaking at a meeting on that Monday evening, Alderman Jim Dillon suggested the council send a letter of congratulations on reaching such an important milestone. Mr Dillon said: "I would appreciate it if this council, having had city status bestowed upon us by the Queen, and being an area she has visited many times in these 60 years, send a letter of congratulations to Her Majesty.
"These have been 60 years during which, in my opinion, she has never put a foot wrong."
The proposal was seconded by Councillor Alan Carlisle and was accepted by members.
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