Sparkling Diamond Jubilee Celebrations at City Library

Visitors to Newcastle City Library will be invited to a right royal celebration as the country marks Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

For more on these and other Jubilee events at the city's libraries go to or phone 0191 277 4100.

Exhibitions, street parties, and lots of royal themed event will take place at libraries across the city during the Jubilee weekend.

The party starts on Friday, 1 June at 11am with an exhibition about Her Majesty and her 60 years on the throne which will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Jackie Slesenger.  It will include photographs and souvenirs of the Queen's visit to the city including her recent trip to the Newcastle to officially open the City Library.  Visitors will have the rest of the year to enjoy the displays.

An archive film showing the Queen's first visit to the city as monarch will also take place on Friday, 1 June from 12 to 5pm.  The show will include the first colour footage of George VI and the Queen Mother in the North East. There will be further opportunities to view the footage at the Tyneside Cinema over the weekend.
Print artist Theresa Easton has been working with local community groups on creating a unique exhibition showing local heritage from the 1940s.  The results will be displayed from Friday, 1 June outside Bewick Hall on Level 2.

Afternoon tea will be on the menu at Princess Square for the 50s themed 'A Canny Jubilee' Community Celebration event on Saturday, 2 June from 1 to 4pm which has been organised by Newcastle Arts Development team in partnership with City Library.

Party goers including the Sheriff of Newcastle, Cllr Margaret Wood, will be treated to demonstrations of 50s inspired hair and make up, print and bunting making workshops, as well as a Lindy Hop 1950s dance and live music from Maine Street Jazzmen. 
Also you can become a queen for a day as the You've Been Crowned! pop-up coronation photobooth will be unveiled.

Choose your characters and props then pose at Westminster Abbey to create your very own royal snapshot, inspired by Cecil Beaton's photograph of the Queen at her coronation.
This event has been supported by Marks & Spencer on Northumberland Street which will display the community artwork in its main shop window with a live launch event Monday, 4 June.

Following the community celebration event there will be an historic royal fashion show by Julia Soames McCormack from 6.30pm at the Bewick Hall.

Would-be princes and princesses will be invited to take part in royal themed workshops during the week of the Diamond Jubilee.  There will be royal story time for children and also 'Crowns and Tiaras', where you can get dressed up and make your own jubilee souvenirs.  Both sessions run from Friday, 1 to Saturday, 9 June and are free.

Throughout June you can share your own royal experiences at the City Library and the city's community libraries.

If you still need some inspiration for your street party all libraries will be offering Right Royal Reads, a special royal reading list throughout June, and you can also upload your own royal pictures onto the History Pin 'Pinning the Queen' project website.

Angela Forster, Newcastle City Libraries Manager said:  "The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is an important milestone and we would like to invite everyone to the City Library to celebrate Her Majesty's historic anniversary.  

"Her Majesty has visited the region on many occasions and during her last visit to Newcastle we were very lucky and proud to have her officially open the City Library.  This and other visits will form part of an exhibition which will illustrate her time in the North East.

"We are also looking forward to hosting our own street party which will give everyone a chance to dress up and get into the party spirit, and we would like to thank all the community groups for helping create the artwork for 'A Canny Jubilee' and also Newcastle Arts Development Team for their hard work."

She added: "If you can't join us during Jubilee weekend we will be having many other events which the whole family can enjoy at the City Library and across the city." 
Rita Smith, Store Manager at M&S Northumberland Street, added: "We are thrilled to support Newcastle's Jubilee celebrations by offering our shop window to display the fantastic community artwork. It is great to be part of such a historic event in the city and be part of the community in action during this landmark occasion. All of our staff are behind 'A Canny Jubilee' and the live window display is a great way to showcase their pride in Newcastle."