Queen to take trip down memory lane on visit to Sunderland

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
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THE Queen will take a trip down memory lane when she visits Sunderland to view a patriotic exhibition.

Wearside will be Her Majesty’s first port of call when she takes a two-day tour of the region later this month.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

She will be the first to view the Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition extravaganza that documents life in the city during each decade of her reign.

The Echo has been calling on readers to share memorabilia to help create a glimpse into Sunderland’s past for the exhibition.

These will be seen by the Queen when she lands on Wearside with the Duke of Edinburgh on Wednesday, July 18.

At the Port of Sunderland, Her Majesty will view a flypast of a Vulcan bomber before being the first to delve into the city’s history when she opens the four-day exhibition.

Coun Paul Watson, Port of Sunderland chairman and leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re delighted that Her Majesty The Queen has chosen to begin her Diamond Jubilee tour of the North East in Sunderland.

“The city has changed immeasurably since the Queen’s coronation in 1953 and we’ve tried to capture the essence of each of the decades of the Queen’s reign.

“It’s going to be a really enjoyable and educational way of looking back through the decades at the same time as celebrating the life and service of a monarch who has devoted her life to her people.

“And I’m thrilled that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are going to be the very first visitors to the Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition.”

The exhibition includes giant marquees and displays dedicated to each decade of the Queen’s reign.

And the many milestone moments from Queen Elizabeth II’s time on the throne will also be showcased to the public.

A total of 6,500 tickets have been made available to Wearsiders wanting to view the historic exhibition, which will be open to them from July 19 to 22.

A special preview event will be held for 200 people who will be able to follow in the footsteps of the Queen just hours after her visit.

After stopping off in Sunderland, the Queen will officially open the new Tyne Tunnel before visiting Saltwell Park, in Gateshead.

Her and Prince Philip will then have lunch at Durham Castle before opening the White Water Course, in Stockton.

The Queen’s first visit to the city was while she was still a princess when in 1946 she visited the new Eye Infirmary and Sir James Laing shipyards to launch the British Princess.

In 1954, she made her first official trip as Queen as part of a Coronation tour of the UK.

Wearsiders lined the streets to welcome her when she visited in her Silver Jubilee year, returning in 1993 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the her reign.

In December 2000, the Queen opened the new maternity unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital and two years later opened Sunderland’s new Winter Gardens.

In 2009, the Queen was back to open the new Washington Secondary School.

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TO be in with a chance of winning one of 25 VIP tickets to the exhibition’s preview day answer the following question before Tuesday.

What is the name of Queen Elizabeth II’s only daughter?

a) Princess Zelda

b) Princess Beatrice

c) Princess Anne

Send in your answer along with your name, full address and telephone number to Diamond Jubilee Exhibition Tickets Competition, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.

Winners will be sent a letter with full details of their prize a few days before the preview event.

Usual Echo rules apply.