On Tuesday 31st May we welcomed over 450 people to celebrate with a Platinum Jubilee Garden Party.

The day started with furious activity as staff and volunteers from Meadow Well Connected, Cedarwood Trust and United Response swung into action to get everything ready. Marquees were erected, bunting and balloons were festooned around, cakes we portioned and the cafe was a hive of activity as 200 afternoon tea's were prepared.

We were thrilled to have Anna Foster from BBC Radio Newcastle and her team on-site broadcasting live from the event as preparations began and the event opened.

David Bavaird, The High Sherriff of Tyne & Wear

We were delighted that David Bavaird, The High Sherriff of Tyne & Wear, joined us to officially open the event. He provided us with some useful facts about the office of High Sherriff and the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Did you know that Queen Elizabeth is the only person in Great Britain who does not hold a passport or drivers licence?!

Bay-Uke provided colour and atmosphere as they played and sang some uplifting tunes an later in the day Pete Ross and his team became roving minstrels, playing and signing to the crowds.

There was lots of activities for everyone to enjoy such as:

  • jubilee inspired crafts
  • sports activities and traditional street games
  • bouncy castles and an obstacle course
  • nature crafts
  • observational bee-hive
  • face-painting
  • a magician
  • bingo
  • and lots of tasty cake and food

We also celebrated the volunteers from across the 3 organisations with each volunteer receiving a commemorative Platinum Jubilee coin.

At the end of the day we'd welcomed more than 450 people to the event and everyone agreed it was a huge success. Here's a selection of photographs to give you a flavour of the day.