Celebrating a diamond day

A record number of neighbours across the UK joined together for the 2012 Big Jubilee Lunch. Claire Logan and her neighbours on Park Drive, Morpeth, Newcastle arranged a celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a shared picnic with all neighbours and friends bringing food and drink. 'The Queen cuts the cake at Park Drive
A record number of neighbours across the UK joined together for the 2012 Big Jubilee Lunch. Claire Logan and her neighbours on Park Drive, Morpeth, Newcastle arranged a celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a shared picnic with all neighbours and friends bringing food and drink. 'The Queen cuts the cake at Park Drive
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THERE was face painting, flags and fancy dress in abundance as Northumberland went bananas for a Jubilee bonanza.

Communities came together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with street parties, beacon lighting and even a llama agility team.

Ponteland enjoyed four days of events, including teas, exhibitions, games and entertainment, as well as beacon lighting and fireworks.

Organiser Robin Ramsay said: “We’re delighted with the public response, for example at least 2,000 turned out for the beacon lighting and fireworks.”

In Morpeth meanwhile, street parties took place and Sanderson Arcade held a children’s fancy dress competition. The bunting was out for tea and games at St Christopher’s House retirement complex, while Jo Jingles baby and toddler groups dressed up for a Royal party.

Events culminated with a beacon lighting at Ha’ Hill.

Claire Logan, who organised a street party in Park Drive, said: “It’s been amazing to see so many people come together to share a few hours of community, friendship and fun.”

Elsewhere, Ellington held a huge community party that was so successful there are plans to turn it into an annual gala, and Cresswell hosted llamas Elizabeth, Philip, Charles and Camilla for high-jumping displays and races.

In Linton there was a scarecrow competition with a Royal theme, Whalton held traditional country games, as well as a beacon lighting ceremony and barbecue, and Blagdon’s celebrations included a charity auction.

Wallace and Gromit called in at Wallington, where a record-breaking bunting-making bid was attempted, while in Mitford the newly-designated village green hosted its first church service, followed by games, food and competitions.

Hundreds of Pegswood residents turned out for a picnic with music and dancing, and in Hebron villagers celebrated with a garden party which included contests such as tug-of-war and potato races.

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