THERE were jubilant scenes across south east Northumberland as families, friends and neighbours joined together to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee in style.
Hundreds of people across the county held street parties and other royal-themed events over the bank holiday weekend to mark Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign.
Among those celebrating were residents at the Hartley Court sheltered accommodation scheme in New Hartley. They were joined by residents of the nearby Hester bungalows and aged miners’ cottages for a game of bingo, quiz and buffet.
Street parties were held in Burnside Close and Burnside View in Seghill, Shotley Court in Ashington and Horton Park in Blyth.
A gala also took place in Seghill, and residents enjoyed a picnic on the village’s Welfare Fields.
Blyth Riverside Resource Centre hosted a street party and barbecue, ande youngsters enjoyed having their faces painted at a community event in Pegswood.
A musical talent competition was held as part of Seaton Sluice Community Centre’s celebrations, attended by former Newcastle United footballer Malcolm Macdonald and Seaton Valley county councillor Anita Romer.
Visitors were taken back to the 1950s at a tea party at Seaton Delaval Hall.
Children and staff at Whytrig Middle School in Seaton Delaval, Central First School in Ashington and Ellington First School threw parties , as did Pegswood and Newsham primary schools.
Pupils at Stakeford First School marked the occasion with a tree-planting event, as well as burying a time capsule.
Sixth-form students at Blyth School Community College organised a strawberry tea party.
A summer fair at St Cuthbert’s Church in Bedlington raised over £1,200 for church funds.
In Cresswell, Golden Sands Holiday Park held a weekend of family fun featuring a llama agility team.
The celebrations will continue at Ridley Park in Blyth tomorrow, with a picnic from 11am until 3pm.
Residents can bring their own picnic or purchase food on the day.
The event is being jointly organised by organisations including Friends of Ridley Park, Blyth’s Silx Teen Bar and Buffalo Community Centre and Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure.
60 YEARS AS OUR QUEEN
AS SOUTH east Northumberland joins the country in celebrating the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, the News Post Leader looks back at her life and reign – the second-longest in British history.
April 21, 1926: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is born to the Duke and Duchess of York, who would later become King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
1936: Elizabeth’s grandfather, King George V, dies and his eldest son ascends the throne as King Edward VIII, but abdicates within the year. Elizabeth’s father becomes King George VI, and Elizabeth becomes first in line to the throne.
October, 1940: A 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth delivers her first public speech on the BBC’s Children’s Hour radio programme, addressing children who had to be evacuated because of the war.
1945: Princess Elizabeth is made a Subaltern in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, and by the end of the war, she reaches the rank of Junior Commander. She becomes a qualified driver and mechanic and drives a military truck.
November 20, 1947: Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, the son of Prince Andrew of Greece, and a great-great grandson of Queen Victoria.
November 14, 1948: Princess Elizabeth has her first child, Prince Charles.
August 15, 1950: Princess Elizabeth has a daughter, Princess Anne.
February 6, 1952: Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, dies and she accedes to the throne. She is 25-years-old.
June 2, 1953: Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
1957: The Queen visits New York and addresses the United Nations General Assembly. On the same tour, she visits Ottawa and opens Parliament.
1960s: The British Empire slowly shrinks as countries in Africa and elsewhere gain independence. The Queen remains head of state for 15 countries outside of the United Kingdom, including Australia, Canada, The Bahamas and Jamaica. Most former British colonies join the Commonwealth.
February 19, 1960: The Queen gives birth to her third child, Prince Andrew.
March 10, 1964: The Queen gives birth to Prince Edward, her fourth and last child.
July 1, 1969: Charles is named the Prince of Wales and heir to the throne.
1977: The Queen celebrates her Silver Jubilee, for 25 years on the throne.
July 29, 1981: Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer. The Queen attends as mother of the groom.
September 14, 1981: Shots are fired as the Queen takes part in the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony. It turns out that they were blanks, fired by a teenager, who later pleaded guilty to charges under the Treason Act.
1982: The Pope visits England, the first pope to do so in 450 years. The Queen receives him as the head of the Church of England.
1992: The Queen’s “annus horribilus.” Her son Prince Andrew and his wife separate, her daughter Princess Anne divorces her husband, her heir Prince Charles formally separates from his wife the Princess of Wales, and a significant portion of Windsor Castle is destroyed by fire.
August 31, 1997: Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris. The Queen delivers a speech the day before Diana’s funeral.
1999: The Queen opens the newly-created National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament.
2002: The Queen marks her Golden Jubilee, 50 years on the throne. Her sister and mother die the same year, less than two months apart.
April 29, 2011: The Queen attends the marriage of her grandson, Prince William, to Catherine Middleton.
2012: The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years on the throne. Queen Elizabeth is only the second British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee. The last was Queen Victoria.