In Lisburn, many enjoyed the day off and flocked to Belfast by train to watch the procession. Lisburn Urban and Lisburn Rural District Council sent welcome addresses to the King, expressing their loyalty to the throne and praying that ‘peace, happiness and prosperity’ be restored to Ireland.
In the days after the official opening of parliament, the I.R.A. bombed a train of Hussars, who had provided an escort to the King in Belfast, at Adavoyle, outside Newry. Four officers, two civilians and 80 horses were killed. Within three weeks, over 25 were dead, and hundreds were left homeless in Belfast.
The Northern Ireland Parliament sat in Assembly’s College (now Union Theological College) until 1932 when it moved to the newly-constructed Parliament Buildings at Stormont, East Belfast.