Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Celebrating Our Proud Links with the World's Great and Good

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Celebrating Our Proud Links with the World's Great and Good

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com

THE star spangled banner was flying high over Wearside this weekend.

Washington Old Hall, the ancestral home of the first president of the United States, George Washington, flew the banner as part of its annual July 4 celebrations.

The Independence Day commemoration event began with musical entertainment from band City Swing and a welcome from Assistant Director of Operations at the National Trust, Robyn Brown.

Along with July 4, the celebration was used as a chance to reinforce links between Washington, Tyne and Wear, with its more famous namesake - Washington DC.

Coun Barry Curran, Mayor of Sunderland, said: "When I became mayor of Sunderland this was one of the annual events I most looked forward to, representing the people of our city at an occasion which symbolises our unique links with the United States and its capital. The Friendship Agreement between our city and Washington DC is something we can all be proud of, and something which continues to create significant benefits."

"Today is all about celebrating our shared past, but also an opportunity to look forward to our shared future and it is fantastic to have our partnership with Washington DC so much at the heart of today's celebration."

A family fun day took place along-side the event which featured renditions of iconic songs and speeches in American popular culture.

Robyn Brown, assistant director of operations at the National Trust, said: "The annual 4th July celebrations are something we look forward to every year - it's a fantastic time to recognise the work we do with the City of Sunderland to look after an important and very special historic place, and to mark the unique relationship we have with our friends in Washington DC."

Elsewhere in the region, more than 2,000 people took to the streets of South Shields on Saturday to celebrate the 150th birthday of iconic novel Alice in Wonderland.

The South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade, sponsored by Careline Lifestyles, featured colourful characters from Lewis Carroll's classic tale, including the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and Alice herself, as well as a disco diva Queen of Hearts. …

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