Stormont Jubilee tickets on sale for £2,500

Published Tuesday, 19 June 2012
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Some of the tickets for the Queen's Jubilee party at Stormont, which were made available for free earlier, are now being sold online for thousands of pounds.

Stormont Jubilee tickets on sale for £2,500
Parliament Buildings at Stormont (© Getty)

Up to 10,000 passes for the 27 June celebration were offered to the public on Ticketmaster from 9am on Tuesday morning.

Applicants were able to claim up to five free tickets each - and demand was so high that the entire batch was snapped up within just six minutes.

However some of the tickets have now appeared online with prices as high as £2,500 for four.

The Northern Ireland Office says it is trying to release another round of tickets for the party, which takes place during the Queen's two day visit to the region.

A spokesperson said: "We recognise a number of people may be disappointed, and we are examining with the Stormont Estate authorities and the PSNI whether there is scope for any additional allocation of tickets, but there will be health and safety constraints."

"Our overwhelming priority is that those attending the event have a memorable, enjoyable and safe day."

A further 10,000 representatives from groups including youth organisations, emergency services and government departments have also been invited to the party.

Callers to U105 told Frank Mitchell they were disappointed not to get tickets. Sarah said she had been on the phone to Ticketmaster from 8.50am.

She said she was told to press option one, "then they're saying this number is faulty and it would not let me ring through. Then I did get through and it said the tickets aren't available".

Tickets were also made available on the Ticketmaster website, but caller Tracey logged off empty handed.

"I have been online since before 9 o'clock this morning and I would love to know how many were actually available online," she told U105.

Earlier this month Buckingham Palace took the unusual step of revealing when the Queen would visit the region.

Secretary of State Owen Paterson and First Minister Peter Robinson welcomed the Diamond Jubilee celebration, with Mr Robinson adding: "It is fitting that such a celebration should take place in the Stormont Estate."

However deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said Sinn Féin had been "surprised" by the announcement of the party, with Culture Minister Carál Ni Chuilín remarking that Sinn Féin had not been consulted.

© UTV News
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overthemoon in Bangor wrote (763 days ago):
I got my Garden party tickets today and cannot wait to go. Cath in Armagh City, don't tar all of Northern Ireland with the same brush. Most tickets on sale are located in Cookstown, Dungannon and Armagh. Look a little closer to home before you make a comment like that.
cath in Armagh City wrote (763 days ago):
Who got the tickets that went on sale today for Garden Party?. I tried to get through from 1pm - 1.30pm. Then only to be told hold on for 20 mins this is disgusting. Never got answered finished up putting phone down. Now I read here with disgust Northern Ireland is treating the Queen like muck. People getting the tickets and then trying to make money on them. At least have some respect, and let genuine people avail of these tickets. Suggestion, why wasnt so many tickets given to each county in north let the Mayor of that City or Borough decide who should get them. Instead of treating the QUEENs visit like a cattlemart or pop concert. Shame on you all NORTHERN IRELAND.
rob in Belfast wrote (763 days ago):
Interesting to note that the most of these tickets for sale on a well known site are from areas where the Queen would not enjoy a loy off support
tom in belfast wrote (764 days ago):
norman d, sorry victor meldrew, you are a real misery guts, thank god your not going to the party, you would be a party pooper.
minnie in londonderry wrote (764 days ago):
well norman of bangor, well i can see where your loyalties lie, but i bet you are quite welcome to take her money, even though she is a penioner as you so nicely put it.
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BRIAN ROWAN
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