Diamond Jubilee celebrations to be held throughout the North East
PUBLISHED: 00:02 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013
Diamond Jubilee celebrations will be held throughout the month all over the North East,<br/>as Paul Mackenzie reports
The Queen will bring her jubilee tour of the UK to a close with two days in the North East next month. She and Prince Philip are visiting all areas of the country, but have clearly decided to save the best till last.
While the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will be centred on a week-long series of events early this month, the tour will continue until the middle of next month.
It will come to an end with engagements in our region on July 18th and 19th, the Queens final public appearances before she opens the Olympics in London.
The royal family have strong connections with our region the Queen Mother spent part of her childhood at Gibside and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have been frequent visitors throughout her reign. She included the region when she toured the nation to mark her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her most recent engagement here was last summer
when she attended a garden party at Alnwick Castle.
To mark her 60 years on the throne, the Queen will take part in a series of events in London and she will host a concert in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. And a network of 2,012 beacons will be lit across the country and the Commonwealth on Monday June 4th.
Beacons will be lit along Hadrians Wall, down the coast and across the region, from our busy tows and cities to many more rural areas.
In Yarm, the beacon lighting will be one of the highlights of the towns fifth annual gala since the event was resurrected.
Yarm Town Council is staging a two-day event which will include live music and entertainment, a fireworks display on the riverside and the opening of a commemorative rose garden. Yarm Jubilee Gala, on the Tuesday, will feature live music from local bands and schools, the Lions Charities fair, a Victorian funfair, food stalls, traditional steam boat rides on the River Tees and a special boat parade.
One of the biggest jubilee celebration events in the region will be Sunderlands first Tattoo, which will take place on Saturday June 30th.
The event will feature marching bands, a cadet challenge and music and dancing from the six decades of the Queens reign as well as a pageant charting historic highlights of the last 60 years and a rousing flag-waving finale, featuring musical favourites from the Last Night of the Proms.
It has been organised as part of the Tyne and Wear Lieutenancys Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Lord Lieutenant Nigel Sherlock said: Her Majesty is one of our most loved and most admired monarchs and lots of people will have very fond memories of her many visits to Tyne and Wear during her 60 year reign.
Were going to be reliving the six decades of Her Majestys reign with a fantastic programme of music, song and dance. Well also be charting some of the many historic events of the last 60 years, from the space age to the 2012 Olympics so weve certainly got quite a bit to fit in.
I think the show is going to be a really entertaining and memorable occasion and were hoping lots of people are going to come along and have a wonderful time.
More than 300 performers are expected to take part in the two performances of the tattoo in St Peters Square at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus of the University of Sunderland a matinee dress rehearsal performance at 2.30pm and a main performance at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, at Gibside, the ancestral home of the Queen Mothers family, the Bowes-Lyons, there will be live music, family games and a lantern procession along the tree-line avenue on the evening of June 4th.
And at Wallington, a National Trust property at Cambo, there will be a day of jubilee-themed family entertainment including an attempt to create the UKs longest bunting.
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