Royalists were in the party mood when they raised a cuppa to her majesty.
Organisations, groups and neighbours across Wearside and County Durham have been holding street parties and afternoon teas to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
People born in Sunderland in the same year as her birth in 1926, gathered at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens for a tea party held in her honour.
Six people from each of the five ward areas of Sunderland – East, West, Washington, North, and Coalfields Area - were invited to apply for a ticket in a prize draw.
Those lucky enough to be selected to represent the rest of the Nonagenarians in the city, joined the Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Alan Emerson and invited guests including the Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Gavin Black, for the celebratory event.
Among those invited was 90-year-old Jean Wilson, from Roker, added: “I was thrilled and delighted to be invited to celebrate her Majesty the Queens 90th birthday at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens with other guests from Sunderland who are also 90. It is such an honour.”
We had a really lovely dayJean Campbell
Children from Holly Park Primary school choir provided music for the occasion while Ken Jolly,a 90-year-old himself, gave a recital on the Grand Piano.
Local entertainer Steve Walls compered the event and sang songs from throughout her 63-year-long reign as Monarch.
Coun Emerson said: “Sunderland City Council is proud to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second on her birthday, and host this party on behalf of the city.
“Who better to share in Her Majesty’s ninetieth birthday celebrations than those born in Sunderland during the same year, and I’d like to thank all those people who applied for the limited number of places to join us whom are travelling from all over the community to pay their birthday tributes.
“We have always been proud to welcome the Royal Family to our city on their many visits, and the Queen has been present at some landmark events in our history for which she will always be remembered. Happy Birthday Ma’am.”
Members of St Andrew’s Church in Chilton Moor invited the community in for an afternoon of fun on a red, white and blue theme.
Jean Campbell, a member of the Houghton church who organised the party, said it was a fantastic day.
She said: “With the Queen being 90 I just thought it was a good opportunity to reach out into the community and bring everyone together.
“We had a really lovely day.”
People from groups across the village, including the nursing home, were invited to join the celebration and Jean said all the businesses in the area, including shops, gave very generously in donating food and raffle prizes.
She said: “Sometimes I think churches have this reputation of always wanting something, but this time I thought it would be nice for us to give something back.
“There are a lot of people in Chilton Moor who are getting on in years and I think there is a lot of support for the royal family.”
The church was also open on Sunday afternoon for visitors to enjoy champagne and strawberries.
Pupils at Hill View Infant School combined their afternoon tea party for the Queen, with the opening of a new outdoor learning area.
Deputy headteacher, Tammy Crompton, said: “We believe that our children should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.”
The school invited parents and members of the community along to enjoy the celebration.
A street party will fill Portland Avenue in Deneside, Seaham, as Cedar Court Care Centre leads the celebrations tomorrow, with all welcome to join in.
The event will run from 1.30pm until 4pm and will feature a barbecue, candy floss, a magician and appearances from superhero characters.
Residents from the street and children from the area have created red, white and blue decorations to put on show.
The Parish of North Wearside, which brings together St Cuthbert’s in Rotherham Road, Red House, Holy Trinity in Southwick and St Bede’s in Town End Farm, will hold a tea party for the Queen from 2pm to 3.30pm on tomorrow.
St Cuthbert’s will host the afternoon, which will include refreshments and traditional games.