The Mayor of South Tyneside dug deep to mark the Queen’s many years on the throne.
The landmark occasion of Queen Elizabeth becoming Britain’s longest serving monarch has been marked by South Tyneside Council.
Mayor, Councillor Richard Porthouse, and the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Susan Winfield, OBE, have planted a tree in Jubilee Woods to mark Her Majesty the Queen ruling for longer than her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria.
They were joined by members of South Tyneside Council for the event.
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 this Saturday, September12.
The exhibition will feature photos of Her Majesty 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.
Mayor Porthouse, 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.”
The Queen today thanked well-wishers at home and overseas for their “touching messages of kindness” as she becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.
Speaking in the Scottish Borders, the 89-year-old great-grandmother, said the title was “not one to which I have ever aspired”.
The Queen will have reigned for 63 years and seven months - calculated at 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes at about 5.30pm today.