South Tyneside celebrates Queen becoming our longest-serving monarch

HRH Queen Elizabeth offically opens the Tyne Tunnel 2.
HRH Queen Elizabeth offically opens the Tyne Tunnel 2.

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.

QUEEN AT SUNDERLAND AND WASHINGTON JULY 1977 (this view is at Gypsies Green Stadium in South Shields, the athletics track and cycling track can be seen in the background)...'OLD REF NUMBER-6775''see Saturday July 16 1977

QUEEN AT SUNDERLAND AND WASHINGTON JULY 1977 (this view is at Gypsies Green Stadium in South Shields, the athletics track and cycling track can be seen in the background)...'OLD REF NUMBER-6775''see Saturday July 16 1977

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.”

Are you helping to celebrate today’s milestone for the Queen? Email your photos to gazette.news@northeast-press.co.uk

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.

Mayor of South Tyneside, Richard Porthouse
FILE PIC HRH Queen Elizabeth offically opens the Tyne Tunnel 2.

FILE PIC HRH Queen Elizabeth offically opens the Tyne Tunnel 2.

FILE  PIC  HRH Queen Elizabeth offically opens the Tyne Tunnel 2.

FILE PIC HRH Queen Elizabeth offically opens the Tyne Tunnel 2.

Queen Elizabeth II opens Tyne Tunnel  October 1967  old ref number 35-4529

Queen Elizabeth II opens Tyne Tunnel October 1967 old ref number 35-4529

Queen Elizabeth II opens Tyne Tunnel  October 1967  old ref number 35-4529

Queen Elizabeth II opens Tyne Tunnel October 1967 old ref number 35-4529

Councillor Richard Porthouse, Mayor of South Tyneside.

Councillor Richard Porthouse, Mayor of South Tyneside.

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