Call goes out to join sparkling celebration

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PONTELAND residents are being urged to join in next year’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Ideas have been put forward by a Ponteland Town Council working group for the area to hold events and carry out projects to mark the Monarch’s 60 years on the throne.

But it is hoped that members of the community will also come forward and organise their own activities or suggest things which can be done in partnership with the authority.

A Loyal Address is to be prepared and it will be signed by as many people as possible.

A range of suggestions have been made for the special four-day weekend from June 2 to 5, including a Memorial Hall display reflecting life in Ponteland during the last 60 years, a fireworks show, a thanksgiving service and lighting a beacon.

The placing of a history sign at Broadway, refurbishment of the War Memorial, lighting the path from Main Street to Callerton Lane and producing commemorative mugs have also been mentioned.

One of the working group members, Coun Robin Ramsay, said: “We will issue a letter to every household inviting residents to join in the celebrations, either by creating their own event or facility or joining together with others in creating a suitable activity.

“Suggestions can be made or they can be invited to support events or facilities which are to be carried out by the town council.”

The project will also tie in with the town’s Northumbria in Bloom bid, with the hope it will encourage more community involvement in the competition.