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Sinn Féin councillors support Belfast Diamond Jubilee events

Sinn Féin members told a council meeting that they would support the celebrations, including a Big Sunday Lunch and a tea dance.

She might drink one. You know, for the year that's in it?
She might drink one. You know, for the year that's in it?
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SINN FÉIN COUNCILLORS in Belfast have given their backing to events marking Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee later this year.

At a meeting of a working group last week, both Jim McVeigh and Conor Maskey indicated that they would give their formal support to a report discussing Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The move comes after further talks with other members of the party. The councillors had previously abstained from a decision to mark the 60th anniversary of the accession of the Queen.

According to minutes of the meeting, McVeigh and Maskey said they would support the plans at the next strategic policy committee meeting.

Events taking place across the city to mark the occasion in June include a series of tree planting, a tea dance, a “Big Sunday Lunch” at City Hall and a beacon lighting event.

A small-scale grants scheme will be organised to assist groups organising events.

The official celebrations are taking place over an extended weekend from 2 June to 5 June. An extra public holiday has been arranged for Monday 5 June.

The Joint Group of the Party Leaders Forum and Historic Centenaries Working Group was established by council to look at how to mark certain upcoming centenaries and commemorations.

It will also examine how to approach the upcoming centenary of the 1916 rising.

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