Highlights include a four day exhibition at the Memorial Hall, lighting of the Jubilee Beacon on top of St Mary’s Church and a firework display at Coates Green.
Bunting is up around Ponteland and Darras Hall, while Merton Hall is holding a special Jubilee Tea hosted by Ponteland Floral Art Club and the Diamond Inn will also be joining in the festivities with its own events.
The exhibition at the Memorial Hall will run from 10am to 4pm from this Saturday (June 2) until Tuesday and include a comprehensive display covering all aspects of life in Ponteland from churches, schools, organisations, clubs and societies in the village.
Ponteland Local History Society has also agreed to put on a display to show how the area has developed during the 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign - also at the Memorial Hall - between Saturday and Monday.
More than 7,000 signatures have been collected in an illustrated Loyal Address, which has been professionally bound and will be presented to the Duchess of Northumberland, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, on June 6 at Alnwick Castle.
Coun Robin Ramsay, who recently received his MBE from The Queen, is leading the Town Council’s efforts to mark the Jubilee. He said: “This celebration is really bringing the whole community together. Hopefully the current warm weather will continue and ensure a fantastic extended weekend of festivities to mark Her Majesty’s wonderful 60 years.”
Diamond Jubilee events in Ponteland
Memorial Hall Jubilee exhibition 10am-4pm Saturday June 2 to Tuesday June 5 at Ponteland Memorial Hall. Free admission. Big Lunch St Mary’s Church Hall Sunday June 3 at 12.30pm. Bring food to share.
Churches Together Jubilee Service Sunday 3 June at 6.30pm, Ponteland Methodist Church.
Lighting of Jubilee Beacon and firework display Coates Green: Monday June 4 at 10pm
Merton Hall open day Tuesday June 5 from 10am-2pm. Drop in day for tea, coffee, cake, sandwiches. Entertainment:
Jubilee Tea Merton Hall - Thursday June 7 from 2pm–4pm Extend the Jubilee Celebrations with an afternoon tea hosted by Ponteland Floral Art Club. Cost £3.
EVENTS AT THE DIAMOND INN
Friday June 1
All day BBQ. Live Cockney Knees up band ‘Staff Sergeant Devlin & His Barrack Room Balladeers’ 9pm
Saturday June 2
All Day BBQ. Rock cover band ‘Stormy Monday’ 9pm.
Sunday June 3
Family Fun Day. Stalls, games, BBQ, ice cream, pony rides, cakes, face painting etc from 10.30am ’til late in the car park. Kids’ entertainer in the marquee from 2pm–4pm. Adult DJ Tommy Taylor from 7pm-11pm.
Monday June 4
Ponteland Day. Stalls, games, fortune teller, pony rides, face painting, BBQ, ice cream, cakes from 10.30am ’til late on Coates Green outside St Mary’s Church. ‘The Smokin’ Spitfires’ (formerly known as the Eastside Torpedoes) playing from 4pm–6pm in the marquee. Singer Mark Allen from 9pm–midnight.
Tuesday June 5
Jubilee Day. Watch the Queen’s Procession in the Diamond Inn with the community from 1pm– 3pm. All Day BBQ. Singer Janie Mckenzie from 9pm.