Picture of Sunderland sent to Queen for Jubilee

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AN HISTORIC picture of the River Wear went up for raffle to mark the Jubilee.

The Art Studio, in Lombard Street, Sunderland, sent one framed picture of the River Wear to the Queen in honour of the Diamond Jubilee, and started raffling off another to raise funds for the centre.

The studio held a Jubilee party and Mayor of Sunderland Coun Iain Kay, and Mayoress Coun Barbara McClennan came along for the celebrations and a buffet lunch.

Ruth Petrie, project manager at the studio, said the celebration had been great fun.

“It was absolutely lovely,” said Ruth.

“It was the Jubilee we wanted to do something.

“We picked the image of the ship on the River Wear because it showed Sunderland a long time ago – it was more reflective of when Sunderland was more industrial.

“The members really enjoyed it and the chance to talk to the mayor and mayoress about their artwork. It was very good,” added Ruth.

Couns Kay and McClennan were given a tour of the studio and the chance to meet some of the artists.

The studio offers an environment and community for people with mental health problems to get creative, including painting and print making. As well as the black-and-white River Wear print sent to Buckingham, Palace, a sepia version is a prize to raise money for the art studio.

“We are selling off tickets for a licensed raffle at £1 each,” said added Ruth, 57, from Hendon.

“We’ve got 3,000 tickets to sell, so hopefully we’ll raise quite a bit of money.”