Housing group joins in jubilee

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A HOUSING group has been named as the latest official sponsor of a festival to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

The five-day Diamond Festival runs from Friday, June 1, to Tuesday, June 5, and is being arranged by Hartlepool Borough Council in partnership with other town organisations.

People will be invited to step back in time and relive some of the classic entertainment from the decade the Queen came to the throne and some of the later years as well.

The Vela Group, which was formed in 2010 as a result of a partnership between social landlords Tristar Homes and Housing Hartlepool, which together have more than 17,000 homes and 700 employees, has come forward to sponsor the event.

David Pickard, group director of operations at Vela, said: “As well as being a provider of affordable housing, the Vela Group is committed to supporting initiatives in the wider community.

“Being part of this exciting initiative, in partnership with the council and other key businesses, corresponds with the importance Vela places on becoming involved with events that benefit the town and its residents.

“The Diamond Festival is a great opportunity for local people to come together and enjoy a fun-packed five days in the town.”

David Worthington, the council’s cultural services manager, added: “We are delighted to welcome the Vela Group as a sponsor of Hartlepool’s biggest event of the year.

“They join our main sponsor Niramax Total Waste Solutions and TFM Radio in supporting what will be a bumper celebration for all the family, with a terrific atmosphere, lots of nostalgia and some very unusual entertainment.”

Highlights of the Diamond Festival, much of which will take place in or around Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, includes a 1950s children’s wonderland, Sunday Night at the Hartlepool Palladium, a festival of classic 1950s films including Lady and the Tramp, Jailhouse Rock and Some Like It Hot and a Big Jubilee Lunch.

Tickets for the lunch are available for £1.50 per person, to book call (01429) 890000. Tickets will be on sale soon for other Diamond Festival events.