TIME is running out for people to get their hands on tickets for Sunderland’s Diamond Jubilee Tattoo.
The spectacular event, on Saturday, June 30, will feature marching bands, a cadet challenge and music and dancing from the six decades of The Queen’s reign.
There will also be a pageant charting historic highlights of the last 60 years, followed by a rousing flag-waving finale, featuring musical favourites from Last Night of the Proms.
More than 300 performers are expected to take part in the two performances of the tattoo in St Peter’s Square at Sunderland University’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus – a matinee dress rehearsal performance at 2.30pm and a main performance at 7.30pm.
The line-up includes Durham Army Cadet Force Band, 102 Battalion REME Pipe Band, Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion, Highland Dancers, University of Sunderland Choir, John Rowland (tenor), Julie Pendleton (soprano) and pupils from Southmoor School.
Alasdair Hutton, who has been responsible for writing and narrating the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the last 20 years, will narrate the display.
The event has been organised as part of the Tyne and Wear Lieutenancy’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Lord Lieutenant Nigel Sherlock said: “I think it’s going to be a fabulous event. We’re going to be reliving the six decades of Her Majesty’s reign, from the 1950s to the present day, with a fantastic programme of music, song and dance.
“We’ll also be charting some of the many historic events of the last 60 years, from the space age to the 2012 Olympics so we’ve certainly got quite a bit to fit in. It should be a really entertaining and memorable occasion and we’re hoping lots of people are going to come along and have a wonderful time.”
Tattoo director Major Eric Ingram, who is also a deputy lieutenant, has previously organised tattoos in Durham and Newcastle.
Tickets, priced £10 for adults and £5 for under 14s for the 7.30pm evening performance and £5 for adults and free for under 14s for the 2.30pm dress rehearsal performance, are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/artscentrewashington, Tourist Information Centre, City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland and Arts Centre Washington, Fatfield, Washington.
Any surplus money from the event will be donated to one of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee charities.
THE Echo has teamed up with the Tyne and Wear Lieutenancy to offer five pairs of free tickets to this fabulous event.
Just answer the question below to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the 7.30pm performance of the Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Tattoo on Saturday, June 30.
Question: How many performers are expected to take part in the Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Tattoo?
Post your entries to Sunderland Tattoo competition, Kevin Clark, The Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell, SR4 9ER.
Closing date: Friday June 8. The first five correct answers to be drawn will win a pair of tickets each.
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