South Tyneside celebrates Queen becoming our longest-serving monarch
A celebration to mark the Queen becoming the UK’s longest serving monarch will take root today.
A tree will be planted in Jarrow’s Jubilee Wood as part of events to acknowledge the date when Her Majesty the Queen has ruled for longer than her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, and the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Mrs Susan Winfield OBE, will lead the ceremony in the woodland off Church Bank.
An exhibition of photos of the Queen’s visits to South Tyneside will also tour libraries across the borough, starting in Jarrow Town Hall as part of Heritage Open Day on Saturday.
The exhibition will feature photos of the Queen’s first visit to South Shields and Jarrow Town Hall in 1954 as part of her Coronation Tour as well as her Silver Jubilee visit in 1977.
She also visited the borough in 1967 for the opening of the first Tyne Tunnel and again in 2012 for the opening of the second Tyne Tunnel.
Coun Porthouse has paid tribute to her decades of service.
He said: “Becoming the nation’s longest-reigning monarch is a landmark occasion and it is important that we mark the event on behalf of the people of South Tyneside. For 62 years, Her Majesty has been a constant in the life of this country and the Commonwealth and has provided exemplary service to the nation.”
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For 62 years, Her Majesty has been a constant in the life of this country and the Commonwealth and has provided exemplary service to the nation.