Schools lead the way

Darras Hall First School Jubilee Party. 'Early Years Party
Darras Hall First School Jubilee Party. 'Early Years Party

SCHOOLS were leading the celebrations as Northumberland marked 60 years of the Queen’s reign.

The Diamond Jubilee was a special treat for youngsters before the half-term holiday, with many holding their own version of the ‘street party’.

At Pegswood First School a family lunch was celebrated by parents, staff and children, organised by Unit Manager Ruth Armstrong and cooks Aileen Robinson and Lynda Oxby.

Over at Ponteland Middle School pupils planned a patriotic tribute, arranging themselves into a human Union flag.

And at Darras Hall First School some dressed as Royalty, while others donned red, white and blue to sit down to a feast.

There was a similar picture at Morpeth All Saints First School, while at Ellington First School children worked with Premier Foods to create their own tea.

More than 500 pupils from across Northumberland headed to Hexham to take part in a parade, thanksgiving service and picnic. They were accompanied by the Duchess of Northumberland as Lord Lieutenant, the new High Sheriff Mary Benson and the Bishop of Newcastle Martin Wharton.