Massive Jubilee celebration planned for Sunderland

Julie Pendleton as Britannia helps to launch the plans for the Diamond Jubilee Tattoo in Sunderland in June.

Julie Pendleton as Britannia helps to launch the plans for the Diamond Jubilee Tattoo in Sunderland in June.

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A MASSIVE Diamond Jubilee celebration will be held in Sunderland to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Sunderland City Council has announced the event, which will be held at Cliffe Park, in Roker, on June 4, featuring a free programme of outdoor movies, entertainment and music.

Bands will play the biggest hits from Her Majesty’s reign, while archive footage of royal visits to Sunderland will be played on a big screen.

The festivities will culminate with a firework display, after Coun Iain Kay, the incoming Mayor of Sunderland, has lit the Beacon, at the same time as thousands of other are illuminated across the country.

Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, is inviting everyone to join in the celebrations.

He said: “Sunderland has always been proud to welcome our Royal Family to the city, and this is going to be a fantastic family celebration with something for everyone to enjoy throughout the day.”

News of the event at Cliffe Park follows the recent announcement of Sunderland’s military tattoo, which is expected to be one of the largest jubilee celebrations in the country.

As reported in the Echo, more than 300 performers are expected to take part in The Tyne and Wear Diamond Jubilee Tattoo, on Saturday, June 30, in St Peter’s Square, next to Sunderland University’s Sir Tom Cowie Campus.

The event features marching bands, a cadet challenge and music and dancing from the past 60 years. 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.

Neighbours across Wearside are expected to hold street parties to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

But organisers are being reminded that the deadline to apply for permission is today. Residents can get all the information they need on how to hold the perfect street party at www.sunderland.gov.uk/streetparties.

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