Join in the big diamond lunch

PEOPLE are being urged to join in a street party during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The town is hosting a five-day fun-packed Diamond Festival and will be holding its own street party – the Big Jubilee Lunch – in a large marquee in the car park of Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs say all you have to do is bring your own food – the venue, the tables, the decorations and the entertainment will all be provided and there will be a bar where people can buy soft and alcoholic drinks.

Tickets for the event, on Sunday, June 3, from noon to 5pm, cost £1.50 per person.

As well as entertainment in the marquee itself, there will be lots to see and do in and around the venue, including street theatre, costumed characters, fashion shows, a funfair and music – all with a retro flavour reflecting the Queen’s many decades on the throne.

Lesley Strickland, the council’s cultural events officer, said: “We’re aiming to recreate some of that special atmosphere from the summer of 1977 when people across the country came together to celebrate at Jubilee street parties.

“We’re inviting people to bring along their food and we’ll do the rest! It’s sure to be a party to remember.”

The Diamond Festival is being arranged by the council, from Friday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 5, 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.

Highlights include:

l A 1950s children’s wonderland with nods to famous television characters like Pinky and Perky;

l A tribute to classic TC show Sunday Evening at the Hartlepool Palladium, featuring 50s-style acts but with a contemporary twist;

l Reliving some Hartlepool dance magic at a re-creation of the town’s much-loved Queen’s Rink Dance Hall in the Borough Hall;

l A festival of classic 50s films including Lady and the Tramp, Jailhouse Rock and Some Like It Hot;

l Remembering the punk mayhem of 1977 with tribute band The Sex Pistols Experience;

l Greasemania – a celebration of the classic high school film.

The festival’s main sponsor is Niramax Total Waste Solutions and it is also supported by the Vela Group and TFM Radio.