Miles of smiles

The hart Village Jubilee party underway.
The hart Village Jubilee party underway.

THE murky skies over Hartlepool and east Durham were overshadowed by hues of red, white and blue as the Diamond Jubilee festivities carried on.

People showed their patriotic side as revellers enjoyed the extended Bank Holiday weekend in homage to the Queen’s 60-year reign.

Residents at Brierton Lodge got into the swing of things with flags, hats and even the odd wig brightening up the Brierton Lane home.

Hart Village got in on the act with long tables full of tasty treats, while an age-old tradition was also carried out.

The Hart Blue Stone has been used since 1821 as a drinking spot for celebrations, including the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838.

Residents toasted the Diamond Jubilee on the historic spot with the help of a gazebo and a cask of ale.

Residents and guests at the New Dimensions Project, in King Oswy, also enjoyed the weekend as young and old joined together to celebrate the occasion.

Meanwhile, in east Durham, the Friends of Helford Road and Passfield Community Association and Peterlee Town Council laid on a free Jubilee-themed family fun day at Helford Road Pavilion.

Highlights included a bouncy castle, face-painting, climbing wall, fire engine, quiz, fancy dress and games.

Horden Parish Council organised a Big Jubilee Lunch in the village’s Welfare Park, which saw people enjoying a free picnic.

There was music from local band Central Park and entertainment including jugglers, magicians, balloon-racing, trampolines and bouncy castles.

Shotton’s Diamond Jubilee Festival organisers put on a bumper schedule of entertainment at Shotton Community Centre.

Activities included a family entertainer, magician, sing-a-long, Marco’s circus workshop, dance class, the Tod Cody Wild West Show and a raffle and every child aged under 18 also received a free commemorative mug.

At Blackhall Community Centre, a Big Lottery grant ensured a bumper schedule of Jubilee activities were enjoyed.

These included a street party, complete with a fireworks finale, live country and western music and line-dancing and a Jubilee concert with music from Tony Sheraden.