North Tynesiders are bringing out the bunting as they prepare to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
Hundreds of people across the borough are expected to hold street parties and other royal-themed events this bank holiday weekend to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne.
Among those getting ready to party are pupils at Carville Primary School in Wallsend, who will be holding a celebration day tomorrow.
The children have been busy decorating their own glass gazebo to be used for the school’s jubilee party.
There will be royal-themed games and a picnic on the day, as well as entertainment by Holly’s School of Steel and a tree-planting ceremony.
Headteacher Paula Richardson said: “The children have planned their day and taken ownership of the curriculum related to the Queen.
“They are thrilled to be working alongside community members and parents.
“It’s all about community enjoyment, participation and true British tradition.
“We have a brilliant parents’ forum who have been involved in organising this. It will be fabulous.”
Also on Friday, pupils at Ivy Road Primary School in Forest Hall and Percy Main Primary in North Shields will be donning red, white and blue for their jubilee celebrations.
Children, parents and staff at Ivy Road Primary will enjoy a picnic, and Percy Main Primary will host a street party-style lunch.
Lisa Lowery, a teacher at Percy Main Primary, said: “The bunting has been painted, the flags are ready, and there is a buzz of excitement across the school in anticipation of a right royal occasion where everyone will be dressed in their finest red, white and blue apparel.”
On the same day, elderly residents of Tamar Court, North Shields, and Roseberry Court, Whitley Bay, will be paying a visit to Southlands School in North Shields to talk to pupils about the Queen’s coronation and life in the 1950s.
Church-goers and residents will be joining in the fun at a service of celebration at Christ Church in North Shields at 5pm on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Holy Saviour’s Church in Tynemouth will be displaying royal memorabilia, covering events from the Queen’s Coronation to the present day.
The display will be open from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday and from 10am until noon and 2pm to 4pm on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, Tynemouth Metro station will play host to a jubilee festival featuring entertainment by the North Tyneside Concert Band, Sweet and Hot Orchestra and folk dance and hip-hop act Time Gentlemen Please!
The free event, on from 11am to 4pm, will be officially opened by borough mayor Linda Arkley.
“This event at Tynemouth station will be the jewel in North Tyneside’s jubilee crown,” Mrs Arkley said.
“A fantastic cultural programme for the day will bring together some of the area’s best amateur and professional artists and performers in what promises to be a truly spectacular celebration.
“It will offer something for everyone, and I am delighted that we are able to host such a special event at the recently-restored Tynemouth station ahead of its official opening.”
The Shields Ferry is set to mark the occasion with a special jubilee-themed trip along the Tyne on Sunday.
The ferry will be decked out in Union Jack bunting, and there will be music and refreshments.
Passengers can bring their own picnics and are encouraged to wear fancy dress.
The ferry will depart from South Shields at 1.30pm and will return at 3pm.
Tickets are available on the day and will cost £18 for a family of two adults and two children.
Youngsters from across the borough are being invited to dress up as little kings and queens on Tuesday as they jump on board a special jubilee Metro train.
The free trip will include a range of jubilee-themed activities, a storyteller and prizes for the best dressed kings and queens.
The train will start its journey at Regent Centre Metro station in Gosforth at 10am, taking passengers to Byker.
Tickets are available by e-mailing your name, address and number of tickets required to firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow.
Northumberland Park in North Shields will be hosting a heritage picnic on Monday.
The event, from 11am until 3pm, will include a picnic, heritage trail and entertainment by Northumberland pipers.
An allotment open day to mark the diamond jubilee will be held at Preston Village allotments between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, and the Wallsend village green will be the setting for a jubilee lunch on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
Shiremoor Primary School has already started its celebrations and over two weeks is hosting class jubilee jamborees for parents to attend, as well as craft activities, tea parties and a red, white and blue day.
Executive headteacher Helen Clegg-Hood said: “The children have found out many interesting facts about the Queen’s 60-year reign and have all learnt the National Anthem, which they have sung enthusiastically.”
Youngsters at Sir James Knott Nursery School in Tynemouth held a jubilee-themed garden party and picnic yesterday.
Pupils at the nearby King’s School also got their celebrations in early, with a jubilee street party last week.
Around 150 youngsters were joined by parents and staff at Priors Park, Tynemouth, for a range of traditional games and activities, including crochet, skipping and a three-legged Union Jack race.