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Royal Party Time For 600 Schoolchildren

Royal Party Time For 600 Schoolchildren At Queen's Jubilee Visit

Six hundred South Tyneside schoolchildren will be the stars of The Queen's Golden Jubilee visit to the borough on Tuesday (May 7th).

The Queen will be at St Joseph's RC Primary School in Jarrow as part of her Golden Jubilee tour of the North East.

Children representing every year from every primary and special school in South Tyneside will be singing out the National Anthem when The Queen arrives at St Joseph's on the Hedworth Estate.

After formal introductions to local dignitaries headed by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Kerr and Mrs Pat Kerr. The Queen, accompanied by Head Teacher Mrs Geraldine Egdell, will walk among the children.

She will meet staff and voluntary helpers from the school including two guests from South Tyneside's twin town Noisy-le-Sec in France and Mrs Jackie McDonald, cook at Westoe Infants School, who has made the Jubilee Party cake to be cut by The Queen.

Six-year-old Katie Meehan, from Sunderland Road, South Shields, is a pupil at St Joseph's and she will present a posy to The Queen before she departs.

Katie suffers from cystic hygroma and she has undergone specialist surgery to correct facial deformity.

The Queen will sign the Borough Visitor's Book and a special Golden Jubilee commemorative photograph of the pupils and staff which will take pride of place in the school hall.

The Royal visit will attract massive media attention but St Joseph's will enjoy national television fame as the BBC Blue Peter team will be at the school to film the visit and the party.

After The Queen leaves to continue her busy schedule in Gateshead and Newcastle the popular Blue Peter presenter Matt Baker will interview some of the children who will meet the Queen. Meg the Blue Peter dog will also be there.

The Blue Peter team will also film the celebration party in the school grounds. It will be broadcast on the afternoon Monday June 3rd as part of the BBC's Golden Jubilee coverage.

St Joseph's RC Primary School was opened in 1969. Head Teacher Geraldine Egdell and her 194 pupils and staff are thrilled to have been chosen to host The Queen's Golden Jubilee visit to South Tyneside.

As the 600 children enjoy their Jubilee Party which has been supported by the Port of Tyne Authority, they will be entertained by clowns Silly Billy and Candy Floss.

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