Shopping centre holds a right royal knees-up

Celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday at Castle Dene shopping centre in Peterlee. Pic: David Williams
Celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday at Castle Dene shopping centre in Peterlee. Pic: David Williams

Castle Dene Shopping Centre in Peterlee hosted a day of regal revelry with royal-themed entertainment to mark the Queen’s official 90th birthday celebrations.

Events included a ‘Jubilant Jewels’ craft workshop, where little princes and princesses could make crowns and tiaras using paints, glitter and gems.

Two youngsters enjoy the celebration at Castle Dene Shopping Centre in Peterlee. Pic: David Williams

Two youngsters enjoy the celebration at Castle Dene Shopping Centre in Peterlee. Pic: David Williams

All materials were provided on the day and instruction and guidance were given from supervisors.

More than 180 children took part with some royally good head wear being created.

Visitors also posed for photos on a luxurious throne next to a life-size cut out of the Queen.

The Sovereign Selfies have now been uploaded to the centre’s Facebook page where followers can vote for their favourite. The owner of the picture with the most likes will bag £90 to spend at Castle Dene. The competition closes today.

Generosity is the virtue of all royals, so a number of activities took place during the event to raise monies for Macmillan Cancer Support.

There was also a Royal Street Party where families could buy tea and cakes with all proceeds going to Macmillan. In total £389.89 was raised for the charity.

A representative from Macmillan said: “We had a fab time and thanks to everyone for the opportunity to get involved.”