RESIDENTS young and old raised a cheer for 50 years of Washington.
Washington Concord WI hosted a fun day at the Millennium Centre, in The Oval, to mark the milestone.
Dignitaries including Deputy Mayor Barry Curran, Coun John Kelly and MP for Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson, were among those to enjoy the day. Highlights included a poster competition, face-painting and a photographic display by Washington History Society.
A spokeswoman for Washington WI said: “We are very proud of our Washington heritage and it was great to see young and old coming together.
“Washington used to be so tight as a community and we need to rekindle that.” The open day is one of a series of events taking place to mark the anniversary.
Although based around a historic centre, the villages that make up Washington formed one of a wave of new towns from 1961 to 1964, which helped to accommodate a rise in population following the Second World War.