The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations Ponteland 21st April 2016

The day began with beautiful sunshine and a trip to the care homes in the village with our Mayor Carl Rawlings and deputy Mayor Joyce Butcher.

Carl and Joyce along with the rest of the council thought it would be a nice idea to take the celebratory beauty of the village to those who were unable to see it for themselves. They visited each home with beautiful red, white and blue flowers and flags for all the residents.

The first port of call was Abbey field house who were in the process of preparing a royal lunch for their residents.

Then Grange Lea where their oldest resident Mrs Thomson accepted the flowers on behalf of the care home, Mrs Thomson is a grand age of 101 !

Then we arrived Leonard Cheshire Disability where we had a lovely look around and had a look at the beautiful surroundings with resident Barbara Clarke who was thrilled to see the Mayor and deputy Mayor. Their flowers were put on display in the residents lounge.

Our next stop was Ponteland Manor and what a day they had planned. Their resident Rosemary Adams was also celebrating her 90th birthday on the same day and a garden party was in the completing stages. Rosemary was presented with the flowers from Ponteland Town Council and she was delighted. All her family and friends were there to help her celebrate her special day.

Our final port of call was The New Hampton care home. We had a lovely time with their new residents and had a look around with the care home manager Annette.

Further in the afternoon the Mayor was invited to Henderson Court to assist resident Mrs Spriggs plant a tree to celebrate The Queen’s birthday.

A quick walk around the corner and back the Manor for their Garden Party, which was in full swing with Geordie singers, champagne and cake.

Finally as evening fell crowds gathered on Coates Green to watch the lighting of the Beacon on top of St Mary’s tower. Beacons were lit up and down the country at the same time, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Some of the crowd stayed on the green to celebrate together whilst others disbursed throughout the village to the many things going on. Rialto’s had free fizz and cake. The Diamond had free cocktail’s and the Blackbird had a “Q BBQ” all children were welcome and there was a sense of true community spirit.

The evening ended with a fireworks display from Ponteland Town Council. Everyone waved their flags and sang happy birthday to HRH.

Ponteland Town Council would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this event and made it a day to remember for our community.

Here are a few photographs from Trevor Walker, Robin Ramsay and Caroline Thompson.

Keep an eye out for more events coming up!


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