Marking 60 glorious years

Her Majesty the Queen during her visit to officially open Washington School.

Her Majesty the Queen during her visit to officially open Washington School.

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THE Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be marked on Wearside with the lighting of a beacon, a 1950s dance night and the planting of 60 trees.

Sunderland Council has finalised its plans to celebrate Her Majesty’s landmark, all for £15,000.

Other happenings include a range of exhibitions, talks and workshops in community centres across the city, and a Jubilee Celebratory Event on Monday, June 4, which will feature fireworks, music and movies.

Communities will be encouraged to organise their own street parties, which will be given the official Jubilee logo.

Deputy Conservative group leader, Councillor Peter Wood, said: “I think the programme is acceptable as a means of celebrating this important national event, as it covers quite a range of activities across the city.

“It gives everyone who wants to the opportunity to participate in some way as they choose.

“The budget set is modest and easily affordable even in these times of financial stringency.

“Celebrations, to be effective, do not necessarily require a large budget and I think the amount is adequate.”

A consultation period was conducted, the council says, with a wide range of individuals asked what they wanted from groups such as heritage and arts organisations.

Councillor John Kelly, council cabinet member for safer city and culture, said: “We know from talking to people in Sunderland that there’s a great deal of interest in the Jubilee.

“The council is planning both community and civic events across the city, to enable everyone to join in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

“We will also be providing information and advice, in the form of a Community Events Toolbox and guidance on street parties to help groups and organisations wanting to develop their own activity to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.”

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