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The Coronation of George VI in Lisburn: a ‘Very Happy Day Spent’

With preparations for King Charles III’s Coronation celebrations underway, our Virtual Museum post this week looks at a previous Coronation celebration in the town. This photograph, taken on the day of George VI’s Coronation in 1937, is drawn from our photographic collection. It features some of Lisburn’s well-known residents. Pictured outside the Assembly Rooms (the present day museum) are VIPs who attended the coronation celebrations in Castle Gardens, including Mr. J. D. Barbour, Chairman of the Council. Also pictured in the front row, third from the right is Mr. Fred Kee. He helped organise the day’s celebrations.

Lisburn celebrating the Coronation of King George VI. ILC&LM Collection

According to the Lisburn Standard: ‘Representatives from every branch’ of the town’s activities were present at the thanksgiving service in Castle Gardens. Those gathered heard prayers of thanksgiving from the Cathedral rector, Canon J.S. Taylor. They were also serenaded by a ‘choir of about 150 voices’ drawn from the various church choirs in the neighbourhood.

Do you want to know more about Lisburn’s connections to past Coronations? Why not visit our Coronation Linens exhibition? It is open now and runs until Thursday 1st June, and is free to the public.

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