Carrickfergus Diamond Jubilee Festival

 Programme of Events from 01/06/2012 to 17/06/2012

N.B. Some dates and times may be subject to change.

1st June 2012 Two New Banners.

The parading of two new Lodge Banners from Woodburn Orange Hall followed by tea and Ulster Scots music by Sir Henry Inglesby’s Fife and Drum Corps. Time 6.30pm-9.00pm

Concert of traditional and Ulster Scots music at Carrickfergus Castle followed by a fireworks display to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Time 9.30pm. Music by local singers and Sir Sir Henry Inglesby’s Fife and Drum Corps in period costume.

2nd June 2012 1st World War Commemoration.

World War 1 parade and Commemoration Service at Saint Nicholas Church Cemetary for local fallen heroes of that War. Time:- Parade will leave at 1.00pm

3rd June 2012 The Olympic Torch.

The Olympic Torch arrives in the Town. Time approx:- 12.00pm.

A Church Service organised by John Cross Memorial L.O.L.1562 to celebrate their 60th Anniversary to be held in Loughmorne Presbyterian Church. The parade will move off at 3.00pm..

4th June 2012 Beacons and Concert.

Beacons will be lit at Whitehead, Carrikfergus and Knockagh Monument to celebrate the Queens Golden Jubilee. Time approx. 8.00pm

There will be a concert of Traditional music at Castle Green with entertainment by A Lone Piper, Sir Henry Inglesby’s Fife and Drum Corps in period costume, the Broadisland Scottish Dancers and entertainment for the children.

9th June 2012 Annual Pageant.

Annual Carrickfergus Pageant re-enacting the Landing of King III at Carrickfergus Castle. The programme for the day will be

11.00am, Market Square concert, music by Sir Henry Inglesby’s Fife and Drum Corps and friends. Followed by a concert by the Schomberg Society accompanied by the Kirknarra Dancing group

12.00pm A parade of local and visiting Bands and Lodges through the Town to the harbour for King William landing.

12.15pm A parade of Pageantry from the Town Hall to the Castle

1.00pm King William will come into the harbour in a boat and land at the Historic steps used in 1690. He will be welcomed to the Town, inspect the troops, greet the Town Dignitaries and some of the local residents. He will then lead a parade through the Town to Marine Gardens. After a break, the return parade will start at 3.45pm.

All re-enactors will be in period costume. During the day there will be musical entertainment on Castle Green by the popular Ulster Scots group The Grouse Beaters, entertainment for the children at Castle Green and Marine Gardens. A fun- fair in the harbour car park and street traders are all part of the attraction of our Pageant which does attract up to 10,000 people into the Town on the day.

13th June 2012 Ulster Scots in East Antrim.

A talk by Dr. Philip Robinson on the history of the Origins of the Ulster Scots in East Antrim in the King William III Memorial Orange Hall, followed by a question and answer session with tea and light refreshments.

Time:- 7.00pm -9.00pm


15th June 2012 Somme Rememberance Parade.

Somme Remembrance parade in Whitehead. The parade will leave Whitehead Orange hall at 7.00pm.

16th June 2012 Ulster Scots Entertainment.

A day of Ulster Scots entertainment and demonstrations in the Town including the following activities.

Irish Dancing demonstrations by the local groups, The Knockagh School of Irish Dance, The Royal Tara School of Irish Dance, The Bentra School of Irish Dance and The Broadisland School of Scottish Dance.

Ulster Scots demonstrations on traditional breadmaking etc. amongst a host of activities for the children.

There will be a musical concert by the Mid Armagh Fiddle Orchestra.

The events will run from 10.00am to 4.30pm.