THERE were jubilant scenes across North Tyneside as families, friends and neighbours joined together to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
Hundreds of people across the borough 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 in Whitley Bay throwing street parties in Grosvenor Drive, St Mary’s Avenue, Wellington Avenue, Hamilton Drive, Briar Avenue, Claremont Crescent and Oxford Street.
The party spirit was alive in John Street in Earsdon Village, Garden Park in Howdon, Syon Street in Tynemouth, Greenhills in Killingworth, Castle Park in Backworth, St Peter’s Field in Wallsend and Newton Avenue and Shorestone Avenue in Cullercoats too.
Pupils and staff at Sir James Knott Nursery School in Tynemouth, Ivy Road Primary School in Forest Hall, Percy Main Primary School in North Shields and Shiremoor Primary School all threw parties, as did Carville Primary School in Wallsend, Stephenson Memorial Primary School in Howdon, King’s School in Tynemouth and Southridge First School in Whitley Bay.
Elderly residents of Tamar Court, North Shields, and Roseberry Court, Whitley Bay, visited Southlands School in North Shields to talk to pupils about the Queen’s coronation and life in the 1950s.
Tea parties and services were held at St Andrew’s Church in Monkseaton, Christ Church in North Shields and St John’s Methodist Church in Whitley Bay, along with Monkseaton Methodist Church.
Holy Saviour’s Church in Tynemouth displayed royal memorabilia, covering events from the Queen’s coronation to the present day.
Revellers enjoyed a jubilee festival at Tynemouth Metro station featuring entertainment by the North Tyneside Concert Band, the Sweet and Hot Orchestra and folk dance and hip-hop act Time Gentlemen Please.
A total of 60 beacons were lit along the Hadrian’s Wall world heritage site, including two at Segedunum to represent each year of the Queen’s reign, plus another at Tynemouth Priory.
Northumberland Park in North Shields hosted a heritage day.
In Preston Village, an allotment day was held to mark the diamond jubilee.
The celebrations will continue at the Age UK hall on the corner of Beach Avenue and Park Road, Whitley Bay, on Friday, with a party from 1pm until 4pm.