Larne’s NI centenary tree ‘a living and lasting legacy’

The centenary of Northern Ireland has been marked by tree planting and beacon lighting ceremonies in Larne.

A tree was planted at Town Park and on the evening of May 3 a beacon was lit at Chaine Memorial as part of Mid and East Antrim Council’s Northern Ireland Centenary Programme.

The Mayor, Councillor Peter Johnston said: “A century ago, the people of Mid and East Antrim witnessed the establishment of Northern Ireland as a result of the Government of Ireland Act 1920. To contribute to that history, we have planted a tree in each of our three main towns to mark this momentous occasion. This will be a living and lasting legacy of this centenary year here in Mid and East Antrim.

“As we look back to the roots of Northern Ireland 100 years ago, we look forward to the growth of this tree and earnestly hope that it will symbolise our borough as a place of continued growth, development and prosperity.”

The Mayor, Cllr Peter Johnston, plants a tree at Larne Town Park to mark the centenary of Northern Ireland as council colleagues look on.

The mayor added there will be a number of opportunities throughout 2021 to mark the centenary year.

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The Mayor and Mayoress of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston and Tory Johnston, at the Northern Ireland centenary beacon at Chaine Memorial.