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JUBILEE celebrations continued across Hartlepool and east Durham over the weekend as Britain enjoyed a well-earned party.

The weather may not have been the best, but scattered showers couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of patriotic residents who pushed the boat out to ensure the celebrations took place.

Fancy dress competition winner at the Greatham Village Jubilee event was eight year old Helen Mc Kie.

Fancy dress competition winner at the Greatham Village Jubilee event was eight year old Helen Mc Kie.

In Greatham, villagers put on a host of activities including stalls on the green and a fancy dress contest, which was won by eight-year-old Helen McKie.

At Hartlepool Rugby Club, in Easington Road, there were plenty of jubilee-related cakes to be washed down with a pint or three in the clubhouse, while those who braved the showers enjoyed an egg and spoon race on the pitch.

The Pets At Home store, off Marina Way, Hartlepool, got into the spirit of things with a raffle while residents in Greenock Road, in Owton Manor, were out in force for a street party which saw face-painting and party games as well as plenty of food and drink.

Sunday night saw one of the highlights of the Diamond Festival, put on by Hartlepool Borough Council.

The local authority invited people to step back in time to relive some of the classic entertainment from the decade the Queen was crowned, and ‘Sunday Night at the Hartlepool Palladium’ wowed the audience in a giant entertainment marquee at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

In Ellerby Mews, Thornley, young and old gathered to celebrate.