LCCC marks youngest & eldest residents for NI Centenary

June 24, 2021

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council has marked the Northern Ireland Centenary by acknowledging the lives of the youngest and eldest residents in the area.

Through the Local Lives: 100 Years programme, the Mayor’s Office has led on an initiative to mark the lives of residents who are 100 years old or older with a commemorative gift.

Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Alderman Stephen Martin, has presented special coins with the Council’s NI Centenary logo across the area from Moira to Dundonald.

Speaking about the initiative, Mayor Martin said: “It has been an honour to go out and meet those who have contributed to our council area for 100 years or more and I know former Mayor Trimble thought the same having made these invaluable visits over the course of 2021. 

“To listen to their stories and learn about their experiences throughout the course of their lives has been a real education and we let those moments pass by too often.

“The coin is just a small token of appreciation from the Council but it’s also to mark the major milestone they have reached. We hope it is a keepsake that will remain in the families of those we have visited for many years to come.

“We will be handing out the commemorative coins throughout the rest of 2021 so please do get in touch with The Mayor’s Office if you know of someone who is eligible.”

At the other end of the scale, parents who visited Lagan Valley Island (LVI), the council’s Civic Headquarters, in May to register the birth of their new arrival were able to collect a Centenary Teddy.

This has been led by the Council’s cross party NI Centenary Working Group with the help of the registration team at LVI.

Chair of the Working Group, Councillor Scott Carson said: “As well as marking the lives of the eldest in our community, we also wanted to welcome new life into the Council area.

“The reaction has been wonderful and I hope that our centenary teddies serve as a nice memento for years to come for both the parents and our centenary babies.

“Our Centenary programme contains something for everyone and we would like residents to keep an eye out for further initiatives in the months to come.”

For further details about the Centenary Coins, you can contact The Mayor’s Office on 028 9244 7331 or email mayors.secretary@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk.

To find out the latest for the Council’s NI Centenary programme, please CLICK HERE