THOUSANDS of Wearsiders can today begin applying for tickets to the city’s Diamond Jubilee extravanganza.
Although free, there are only 6,500 tickets up for grabs for the four-day event, which runs from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, July 22.
Now, a hotline has been launched for those hoping to be among the lucky few. Organisers say a maximum of four tickets can be ordered by each caller.
Held at the Port of Sunderland, the event will include displays of Sunderland memorabilia from the last 60 years in the city. It will also showcase some of the famous moments throughout Queen Elizabeth II’s six decades on the throne.
Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Sunderland has developed into a very successful city during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and an exhibition of this kind will capture this and give people the opportunity to see Sunderland’s transition for themselves.
“We hope that by gathering items that belong to people from the city and surrounding communities, we will be able to capture the essence of each of the six decades of the Queen’s reign, and bring a real personal and authentic touch to the exhibition.
“It really is an event that is not to be missed and we are sure it will prove really popular with people from the city.”
Tickets will guarantee members of the public a space on a time slot to tour the exhibition.
Tours start every 10 minutes and last for more than an hour.
Visitors will be transported to the Port of Sunderland by bus from a city centre pick-up point and will have the chance to view the exhibition in small groups of about 30.
When ordering tickets, members of the public will be given a unique reference number, which they will need to quote on the day.
Free car parking will be provided for ticket holders and visitors will need to arrive 15 minutes before their allocated slot in order to board transport provided to the Port of Sunderland.
Those wishing to book a free ticket to attend the exhibition should call the ticket hotline on 520 5518.