Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bomber Flypast Greets Queen

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bomber Flypast Greets Queen

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PEOPLE on Wearside gave the Queen a warm welcome as she started her tour of the North East in Sunderland. Excitement mounted as the Leander G yacht moored on the River Wear, with cheers erupting from the crowd as the Duke of Edinburgh put in an appearance on deck.

Moments later, the sky was filled with a deafening roar as a Vulcan bomber flew past. The Queen stepped off the yacht wearing an orange dress and coat by Stewart Parvin and matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan.

She was met with a sea of blue, red and white flags and rapturous applause from the crowd of 200 Wearsiders who won their waiting spot.

The Queen shook hands with waiting dignitaries, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan, city council leader Paul Watson and Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim.

Her Majesty then took a step back in time as she explored the specially-constructed Sunderland Diamond Jubilee Exhibition.

Starting in the decade that saw her take to the throne, the Queen was greeted by Wearsiders enjoying a mock-50s Coronation street party.

While she was there she met the Rev Martin Anderson, of Sunderland Minster, who told her about the church's Jubilee celebrations.

He said: "She asked me where the minster was and Prince Philip was excited to hear the church was involved in celebrating the Jubilee.

"It was wonderful to have the people of Sunderland recognising the work the Queen has done for the country and nation. She is a person of dignity and her dedication over the years has been overwhelming."

She then went on to relive the 1966 World Cup win, with youngsters from Southwick Primary School on hand to re-enact the match that saw England bring the cup home.

Pupil Bethany Lawson, 10, said: "The Queen came and had a look at what we were doing and asked us about it.

"It was a very special moment and I was very nervous but she was nice."

The royal party was then treated to Sunderland in the 70s as housewives prepared the food for a street party celebrating the 1977 Silver Jubilee.

Sunderland university graduate Lucy Eager, 21, was one of the women who was role-playing for the Queen. …

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