Sunderland out in force to celebrate Jubilee + VIDEO

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OLD and young came out in force to mark the final day of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Veteran royalist Doris Riddlesden, 90, was queen for the day as she pulled on her crown at Albany Care Home in Washington, who marked the historic event with a party.

New mum, Natasha Jones with her beautiful Jubilee baby daughter, Grace Ann Elizabeth.

New mum, Natasha Jones with her beautiful Jubilee baby daughter, Grace Ann Elizabeth.

A few miles away, tiny Grace Ann Elizabeth was Sunderland’s first Jubilee baby, weighing in at 7lbs 9oz.

Mum Natasha, 36, of Washington, said: “I will definitely tell her when she grows up about all the celebrations this weekend. I actually managed to watch the concert when I was in labour at home. It’s all been quite exciting.”

There was no stopping party-goers across Sunderland and East Durham determined to make the most of the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

A city centre bingo hall played host to a celebration in honour of Her Majesty.

Doris Riddlesden, 90, enjoys the party at Albany house care home, Washington.

Doris Riddlesden, 90, enjoys the party at Albany house care home, Washington.

Mecca Bingo, in Holmeside, had a Diamond Jubilee party for hundreds of people.

Michelle Sanderson, 37, of Sunningdale Road, held a Jubilee party in her garden, she said: “I just thought the Jubilee was definitely something to celebrate.”

Granddaughter, six-year-old Caitlin Barber, from Fulwell, added: “It’s a great day and I think the Queen is excellent.”

A group of patriotic pals turned up to Cliff Park dressed in red, white and blue, with crowns, hats and a picnic fit for royalty.

Marilyn Kidd, 59, from Downhill said it was good to see the people of Sunderland come together for the event.

Marilyn said: “It’s nice to see everybody getting together and making an effort. It’s a great atmosphere.”

Retired Cynthia Greeves, from Roker, added: “I think it’s great that they are giving the deck chairs out for free.

“It’s a lovely day and we are having a party where I live later as well to celebrate.

“I think it’s fabulous to see the young and old come together for something like this.

“I think with Prince William talking about the good his grandmother has done, it makes the young people realise that she has done a lot for our country. Something like this lets people know.”

Chrissy Lyon, 31, from County Durham, is due to tour Afghanistan next month.

The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps member said she was enjoying some time on leave and taking in the Jubilee events at Cliffe Park.

Chrissy said: “I work for the Queen so of course I support her and I’m enjoying time off and the Jubilee.

“The day is going well and I think we’ve been lucky with the weather.”

Baby Daisy Milson was one of Wearside’s first Jubilee babies when she was born at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Mum Gemma Milson, 25, from, Doxford Park, said: “Everything has been fine and I’ve been able to watch some of the Jubilee things on television like the concert.

“This is my third child and I will definitely tell her about what happened when she grows up.“

Residents at Albany Care Home, in Washington, enjoyed fun-filled day with friends and family.

Administrator at the home, Dawn Leadbitter, said: “It was brilliant and we’ve had a really good turnout.”

A cake stall and tombola were just some of the activities put on in honour of Her Majesty.

“The residents absolutely loved it,” added Dawn.

“They all enjoyed sitting out eating their ice cream.

“It’s been a really good day.”

Fairburn Avenue, in Houghton, brought out the bunting in style for its Diamond Jubilee celebration.

Jean French, who lives in the street and helped organise the street party over the past few months, said it had been “brilliant”.

“It’s been a great success here and all over the country I think,” said the 76-year-old.

“We were out until 11pm at night celebrating.

“It was great seeing all the people who live here come out.

“Now it’s finished, I can’t believe it’s over.”