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Tea party for Gateshead 90 year olds to celebrate The Queen’s Birthday


A celebration afternoon tea to mark HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, is taking place in Saltwell Park on Friday, for a very special group of pensioners.

Tea party

Anyone for tea?

Around two dozen people who were born in the same year as the Queen and who live in Gateshead, have been invited to the event in Saltwell Towers, by Gateshead Council.

Back in April, we asked people to nominate a Gateshead resident born in the same year as The Queen who could help us celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday on April 21.

We planned to turn the lights on the famous Gateshead Millennium Bridge red, white and blue in honour of this royal milestone and hoped to find a Gateshead 90 year old who would press the button to light up the bridge at dusk.

We had around 30 nominations from friends, relatives, neighbours and carers of some wonderful 90 year olds and, while only one could be chosen – and that was 90 year old John Bell of Kibblesworth – it was decided to ask all the other nominees to an afternoon tea on the Queen’s ‘official’ birthday this month.

The 90 year old guests who will be attending with a friend or relative, will take traditional afternoon tea in the lovely surroundings of Saltwell Towers in the centre of the park, at 3.30pm this coming Friday, June 10 and will be greeted by Deputy Mayor of Gateshead, Councillor Pauline Dillon.