Sunderland celebrates Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Fun in the sun for sisters Erin and Evie Ruddick at the Roker Hotel Jubilee celebrations.
Fun in the sun for sisters Erin and Evie Ruddick at the Roker Hotel Jubilee celebrations.
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THOUSANDS of party-goers on Wearside raised their glasses to the Queen at Diamond Jubilee parties.

Throughout the weekend, people took to the streets to mark the occasion, with celebrations continuing yesterday and today.

Events were held across Sunderland, including a Mini Mela at the Stadium of Light, organised by Unity in Sunderland, which included local bands, international artists, arts and crafts, face-painting and magicians.

City pubs also held parties, including the Albion, in Roker and The Grey Horse, in East Boldon.

Elsewhere, residents gathered to hold street parties at Cliffe Park in Roker, Fairburn Avenue, in Houghton, and at Pentland Close in Washington.

At St John’s Church Hall in Ashbrooke, they brought out the best china to hold a vintage-style tea party to celebrate the Jubilee.

Helen Richardson-Moon, 34, who helped organise the event, said: “We decided to use all china cups and saucers to give the day a vintage feel.

“It was a lovely day and everyone had a good time.”

Striped deckchairs lined Cliffe Park in Roker as music fans turned out to watch different artists perform hits from across the 60 decades of the Queen’s reign.

Sheila Armstrong, from Southwick, was enjoying the day’s festivities along with her family.

Sheila, 67, said: “It’s great to see everyone out here, really nice.

“Over the years the Queen has always been there and I think she has done great things for us so it’s nice to come out and show support.”

The Roker Hotel held a BBQ with live music and bouncy castles for the children.

Roker sisters Erin Ruddick, four, and Evie Ruddick, six, were dressed in matching Jubilee outfits for the day.

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old council worker, said the day was a great chance for the children to enjoy some time outside and make the most of the weather.

Ingrid said: “The girls have been learning about the Queen in school and reading stories about her, so I think it’s nice for them to celebrate the day and it’s good to see people out, enjoying themselves.”