Jubilee celebrations in Stannington

Lord Ridley opened the new Platinum Way.Lord Ridley opened the new Platinum Way.
Lord Ridley opened the new Platinum Way.
More than 500 people attended a jubilee party held behind the Ridley Arms in Stannington.

Organised by the parish council, the event included all-day entertainment, a barbecue and dance. The Ridley Arms pub also provided a mobile bar and generously organised power for the festivities.

Children from Stannington First School children were presented with a mug and coin from the parish council and they held a special service in St Mary’s Church, where they reenacted the Queen’s coronation.

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The one mile of blue silk which was used to dress the chairs at the coronation was donated to church dignitaries, among others, and made into a chasuble.

A floral display in St Mary's Church.A floral display in St Mary's Church.
A floral display in St Mary's Church.

Local Reverend Dr Harry Smythe was a recipient, and the children were allowed to wear the chasuble for their coronation ceremony.

Before the party in the afternoon, Lord Ridley cut a ribbon – ably assisted by local scouts – to open the aptly-named Platinum Way.

Villagers have taken to Facebook to thank the parish council for organising the day’s events. Lisa Butteriss said: “We had a brilliant afternoon. Thanks to all who volunteered to make it a really special day.”

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Sarah Woods posted: “Thanks for a brilliant day and for all your hard work. It makes the village a very special place.”

Magic Andrew in action.Magic Andrew in action.
Magic Andrew in action.

And Natalie Falkous said: “It was absolutely brilliant. Well done to all who helped organise. What a fantastic place to live.”

The families were also entertained by “Magic Andrew”, a North East magician who went down a storm with the village youngsters.