THE year 1977 saw flag-waving Wearsiders celebrating in style as Queen Elizabeth II chalked up her Silver Jubilee anniversary on June 7.
Street parties by the score were held across Sunderland and East Durham to toast Her Majesty’s 25-year reign, as well as dances, races and even a boat trip.
“Sunderland housewives have embarked on the biggest bake-in in local history, happily slaving over hot stoves for more than 1,000 street parties,” the Echo revealed.
One Wearsider making no secret of his Royalist feelings was 81-year-old Charles Lumsden, of Dacre Road in Fulwell, who decorated his home with flags.
Meanwhile, enterprising George Alcock, of Penshaw, applied his ‘eggspertise’ to the celebrations, by painting portraits of the Queen onto hard-boiled eggs.
And 77-year-old Mrs Lynn, of East Herrington, also had a special reason to celebrate – after sending a crocheted book marker to the Queen, and receiving a Royal ‘Thank you.’
The Silver Jubilee brought out the patriot in Wearmouth Colliery worker Harry Kirton too, who turned his garden into a tribute to the Queen – and won a national prize for his efforts.
While Harry was hard at work in his garden, Wearside children were enjoying fancy dress competitions, Jubilee races and receiving free souvenir coins from the Queen.
The youngest Wearsider to celebrate the Jubilee was David Stokoe. The 6lb 15oz baby boy was born to Nicholas and Nicole Stoke at 5.30am on June 7.
David, the first of six babies born at Sunderland Maternity Hospital that day, was a month early. His mum, Nicole said: “David must have been in a hurry to get here for Jubilee Day.”
A visit to Wearside by the Queen herself proved the icing on the cake to Sunderland’s celebrations, when she toured Sunderland on July 15.
“Thousands of flag-waving Wearsiders lined the streets to welcome the Queen, and the town centre was almost deserted as workers took their places in the crowd,” reported the Echo.