Flying the flag for Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Linda Welch and Graham Stephenson outside their Jubilee decorated house in Greatham Village. Picture by FRANK REID
Linda Welch and Graham Stephenson outside their Jubilee decorated house in Greatham Village. Picture by FRANK REID

PATRIOTIC residents in a regal-named road are flying the flag for this week’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Linda Welch and her partner Graham Stephenson, who live in Queensway, Greatham, have brought out the bunting as they prepare for the big occasion.

The couple have decked out the front of their home with Union flags in the windows and pictures of the Queen.

They are looking forward to throwing themselves into Greatham’s celebrations when the community will gather on the village green.

Linda, 60, who works as a cleaner at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, said: “I’m really excited about the Jubilee.

“In Greatham we are having a get together on the village green and we are looking forward to seeing everybody for that.

“I love anything to do with the Queen and always watch her if she is on the television.”

It will bring back memories of the Silver Jubilee in 1977 when Linda lived in Devon Street, Hartlepool.

She remembers helping to throw a street party by going round collecting for food and drink with pals.

Linda and Graham, 62, have been joined in the jubilee spirit by next-door neighbours John and Mary Carter who have also decorated their home.

Town businesses are also marking the occasion with eye-catching window displays.

At Northrop Florist in York Road, Hartlepool, staff have decked one window out completely in red, white and blue while the other has been filled with Fifties-style memorabilia including old photos.

l THE community will come together to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in an event being staged by a town council.

There will be fun and games galore in John Whitehead Park, Billingham for the event on Monday, June 4.

It is being organised by Billingham Town Council and is set to feature a 1950s fancy dress competition, children’s activities, old-fashioned games and sports demonstrations from local clubs.

The fun kicks off at 3pm and goes on until 10.15pm when the winner of the fancy dress competition will get to light a jubilee beacon.

The games and races will take place between 3pm and 5pm.

Guests are asked to take their own food.

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