Newcastle will be hosting the Tyne and Wear Diamond Jubilee Gala with members from the armed forces at a special event at the city’s Exhibition Park later next month.
The day which is open to the whole family starts at 10am on Saturday, 30 June and will include demonstrations, face painting, paintball and a climbing wall.
You will get the opportunity to see some of the army’s equipment up close which include a Scimitar Tank, Foden recovery vehicle and Field Ambulance and exciting items from the Royal Engineers, plus information stalls about the armed forces and how you can join will also be available throughout the day.
This Jubilee event will also pay tribute to the hard work of our country’s armed forces as it will honour the service of 201 (Northern) Field Hospital (Volunteers) who will be returning from active service in Afghanistan.
As the event begins the men and women of 201 will parade through the city centre from Grey’s Monument before arriving at Exhibition Park to enjoy the rest of the day, which will include performances from the bands of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Sea Cadets and the 101 Pipes and Drums.
The gala will also pay tribute to the county’s emergency service, police and other civil servants with representative being presented with their Diamond Jubilee Medal at the Exhibition Park event.
During this special Jubilee celebrations day the people of Newcastle will also get the chance to celebrate our veterans who will be holding their own service of thanks at the city’s War Memorial at Old Eldon Square, and this will include the raising of the Armed Forces Day Flag.
Newcastle’s new Lord Mayor, Cllr Jackie Slesenger will represent the city at the Exhibition Park celebrations which will be attended by civic leaders across the county.
She said: “I am proud to be representing the people of Newcastle on this special day. The Gala Jubilee celebrations will give our region the chance to pay tribute to the dedication of our armed forces and also the extraordinary service of Her Majesty The Queen during her 60 years on the throne. I am also looking forward to welcoming home the men and women of 201 as they return from their service in Afghanistan.
“This is a fantastic honour for the city to host this occasion and I would like to invite everyone from across the region to Newcastle’s Exhibition Park to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”
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