Jubilee plans take shape

PONTELAND councillors are pleased with the early response to their Queen’s Diamond Jubilee project.

A range of suggestions have been made by Ponteland Town Council for activities to take place to mark the Monarch’s 60 years on the throne.

Members also called on everyone in the community to get involved with the major celebrations such as a big lunch, a thanksgiving service and an exhibition about life in Ponteland over the past 60 years, as well as to come up with their own events.

Coun Robin Ramsay, who is leading the authority’s efforts, said: “Even at this initial stage, we’ve had a good response from local organisations about being a part of the celebrations and over the coming weeks we will follow up with them what they intend to do over the four days (June 2 to 5).

“Our schools are also very interested and they have all agreed to be involved in the production of a Loyal Address. A letter will also be sent out to businesses in the near future.”

Plans are in place to light a Beacon at the top of St Mary’s Church and the authority is looking into the possibility of having bunting along Main Street and Broadway, Darras Hall.