|We all have our own images of The Queen, from the television, newspapers, magazines and, for some, the pleasure of seeing Her Majesty at an event or Royal visit. The most iconic of these images for many includes the then teenage Princess Elizabeth driving an ambulance as Her contribution to the war effort during 1940s, while for others the annual state opening of Parliament reflects the pageantry we are famous for in this country.
Here in Tyne & Wear we have a long and fond association with Her Majesty and indeed Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother spent part of her childhood here at Gibside. We have been privileged to host a number of visits by HM The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh over the years including the opening of the Millennium Bridge and Washington School and visits to South Tyneside Marine College and the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.
I am sure we will all have our own ways of wanting to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and I hope you will use this website to promote your events and give others the opportunity to take part.
Throughout the year we will be including information on events taking place across Tyne & Wear as well as promoting the website to communities more widely in order for them to publish information themselves on what’s happening.
You will also find downloadable copies of the Diamond Jubilee logo for your own use, subject to guidelines, together with other helpful information to use when planning your event and contact numbers for all five Tyne and Wear authorities. In the 11 years of my Lieutenancy I have experienced, on many occasions, the great affection and high esteem in which HM The Queen is held by the people of Tyne and Wear and I am looking forward with pleasure to being part of the wonderful celebrations that are being organised.