South Tyneside Council will be playing a major part in the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations and is gearing up for a day to remember.
Plans are already under way to fly flags from main Council buildings and for a number of street parties, dinner dances and community festivals in the Borough.
In addition to the Queen's visit to South Tyneside on 7th May, when she will be given a hearty welcome by local primary school children, the Mayor of South Tyneside is being inundated with invitations to join in the celebrations with dozens of local organisations.
In addition to street parties, the Mayor will officially represent the people of South Tyneside on Sunday 2nd June at the Tyne and Wear Golden Jubilee Service being held at St Nicholas' Cathedral in Newcastle.
The next day, Monday 3rd June, both Mayor and Deputy Mayor will light the Golden Jubilee Beacons at the Lawe Top and in Whitburn. These will join the other 850 beacons which are all being lit around the UK at the same time - culminating in the lighting of the National Beacon in London by the Queen.
Announcing the huge Council involvement in the celebrations, Councillor Paul Waggott, Leader of South Tyneside Council said: "The response to the Jubilee celebrations throughout South Tyneside has been tremendous. The people of the Borough are getting really excited at the thought of taking part in such an historic occasion. Not since the Silver Jubilee has such community spirit been displayed and South Tynesiders will celebrate in style."