Organisers of the ‘Our Coronation Story’ exhibition held at Enniskillen Castle Museum say they were delighted by the amount of visitors the exhibition received over the 11 days it was on display.

Visitors travelled from far and wide for the unique opportunity to see the garments worn by those who attended and participated in The Queen's Coronation ceremony, along with souvenirs and memories from local people, together with the dress, coat and hat worn by Her Majesty when she visited Enniskillen in 2012 as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The exhibition was also featured extensively as part of the coverage of the Platinum Jubilee events, with Enniskillen showcased by the BBC to represent Northern Ireland.

The exhibition was sponsored by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and the National Lottery Community Fund.

On behalf of the many individuals and community organisations which volunteered to curate and support the exhibition, Selwyn Johnston thanked Sarah McHugh and the staff of Enniskillen Castle Museum for working in partnership with them to host it.

In particular, he acknowledged the assistance of Sinead Reilly and Colin Fawcett, who were invaluable, working closely with the volunteers throughout the exhibition, which ensured its success.

Many people loaned Coronation items for the exhibition, and the recreation of a Coronation living room scene by Toni Johnson and Sheila O’Hare allowed visitors to step back in time to the moment on June 2, 1953, when families gathered around their television to watch the Coronation.

Selwyn shared that the display of Her Majesty’s hat, coat and dress brought back fond memories for many visitors as they recalled The Queen’s last visit to Enniskillen, in 2012, for her Diamond Jubilee.

Thanks was extended to Her Majesty and Angela Kelly, personal advisor to Her Majesty (The Queen's Wardrobe) for allowing the garments to be loaned for the exhibition, and to Viscount Brookeborough for facilitating their transportation.

The exhibition organisers were also delighted to have a loan of the garments from the Earl and Countess of Erne of the Right Honourable Henry Crichton, of Crom Castle, the 6th Earl of Erne, who was First Page of the four Pages of Honour in Westminster Abbey, aged 15 years at the time of the Coronation.

The family of Lady Moyra Campbell (née Hamilton), who was one of the six Maids of Honour, loaned her beautiful Coronation dress, which was widely admired.

Lady Moyra, daughter of the 4th Duke of Abercorn, grew up at Baronscourt – the Abercorn family seat in County Tyrone.

One of the highlights of the exhibition were the regal robes and coronets worn by the Earl and Countess of Belmore and the chairs which they sat on during the Westminster Abbey Coronation Ceremony.

Thanks was extended to the Earl and Countess of Belmore, Castle Coole, and Eva Ewart, Belmore family archivist, for loaning the items, which have previously not been displayed to the public outside Castle Coole and were extremely special to have within the exhibition.

Selwyn also extended thanks to the members of the Trefoil Guild who acted as guides throughout the exhibition and added to everyone's enjoyment with additional information about the items on display.

Special children’s Coronation activity sheets were designed and produced by Mary Gordon McBride, with more than 3,000 distributed to children and schools throughout the exhibition.

The Erne Area Women's Institute hosted a popular 'Where's Winnie' childrens' corgi trail at Enniskillen Castle Museum during the Our Coronation Story exhibition, with Tesco sponsoring the prizes for everyone who correctly identified a mystery word from handknitted corgis lovingly made by WI members located throughout the museum.

June McIlfatrick provided the beautiful flower arrangements throughout the duration of the Our Coronation Story exhibition, and the flowers at the entrance to the exhibition as visitors arrived were greatly admired.

Many volunteers from Headhunters Railway Museum were also involved in supporting the exhibition, including Alan Devers, Mary Gordon McBride and Nigel Johnston.

Selwyn concluded that the exhibition was a community effort and helped to rekindle the same sense of pride which was experienced in 1953 with so many local people from the district either participating in or attending the Coronation ceremony.

"It was a lovely opportunity for people to learn more about the Coronation and the important part our district played on that historic day," he said.