Platinum Jubilee images projected onto a county monument

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Images to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are to be projected onto a historic building in County Durham.

Members of the public are encouraged to view the patriotic displays at Durham Town Hall, with the site to be illuminated each evening from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 in honor of Her Majesty reaching an unprecedented 70 years on the throne .

The projection features the official Platinum Jubilee emblem as well as a 1952 portrait of Her Majesty provided by the National Portrait Gallery. The portrait was taken by royal photographer Dorothy Wilding as part of a series of images taken for the design of the first postage stamps featuring the new Queen.

The latest screening gives members of the public a second chance to view the exhibition after it was shown at County Hall in Durham City in February, as the year’s events to mark the Platinum Jubilee officially began. It mirrors a screening that will also be part of the Platinum Party at the Palace which will see Diana Ross, Queen and Adam Lambert, Duran Duran, Sir Rod Stewart and others perform at Buckingham Palace on Saturday June 4.

Cllr Beaty Bainbridge, Chairman of Durham County Council, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for people to view this wonderful display at another historic site in County Durham as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. It is an extraordinary achievement for Her Majesty to reach 70 years on the throne and it is fitting that the occasion be celebrated in this way and with the various other exciting events taking place here and across the country.

The council supports local community activities, such as beacon lighting, picnics and street parties, while a celebratory service will also take place at Durham Cathedral. Other events taking place in County Durham include A Right Royal Do, which will see schoolchildren from across the county perform musical entertainment based on the cultures of different Commonwealth countries, at the Durham Gala on Tuesday June 14.

On Saturday July 2, Seventy Glorious Years will see the Band and Bugles of The Rifles perform at Wharton Park in Durham City.

And on Thursday July 14, County Durham will officially host the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

For more information on Platinum Jubilee events in County Durham go to www.durham.gov.uk/Jubilee

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