The Queen Visits The North East

18 July 2012, 07:20 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

The Queen and Prince Phillip are coming to the North East as part of her tour round the country to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee year.

Her Majesty will be visiting the Diamond Jubilee exhibition at the Port of Sunderland at 10am and this will include a display of images and memorabilia showcasing some of the milestone moments throughout Queen Elizabeth's 60 year reign.

Some of the items have been donated by local people and the collection gives a real insight into the region.

Tyne Tunnel
The Royal Party will visit the South side of the Tyne Tunnels, in Jarrow, where The Queen meet designers and representatives of local communities, before planting a tree.

On the North side of the Tyne Tunnel they will welcome wheelchair athletes at the finish line of a Tyne Tunnel showcase race.

Some North Tyneside residents will also be presented to the Royal Party in recognition of their involvement in the project, along with staff who have worked on the development of the Tyne Tunnel and current employees, before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of the tunnel.

There is limited public viewing on the day due to public safety considerations.

Tyne Tunnel is permitting public viewing from its land at the toll plaza embankment. Stewards will direct public to the appropriate space.

There will also be limited viewing from the C2C cycle route to the north of the Howdon Toll Plaza.

Her Majesty will then travel to Newcastle travelling along the Coast Road and will be greeted by children from city schools who will see them as they pass the Corner House junction at around 11.15am.

Her Majesty's car will then head towards the Quayside where people will get another opportunity to see Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh as they arrive at the Milk Market at approximately 11.30am.

The car will travel along the Quayside toward the Side where it will drive up Dean Street, Grey Street, before turning on to Market Street.

After visiting Newcastle Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting Gateshead International Stadium (previously planned for Saltwell Park, however due to the recent poor weather the venue is no longer suitable) to see a Jamboree event featuring thousands of children from right across the County.

It will feature the first public performance of a specially created Diamond Jubilee song by the children of Tyne & Wear.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the event, with seating available in the South Stand. Please note that car parking will not be available on site - The event is free and no ticket is required. Gates open at 9:30am and anyone attending must be inside the stadium by no later than 11am

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will attend a lunch at Durham Castle

In Stockton, hundreds of children and the Cobweb Orchestra will welcome the couple at an event at the Tees Barrage.

They will then officially open the The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee White Water Course.

Road Closures

There will be a Thirty minute Road Closure on the A1290 Westbound from Southwick Road via Keir Hardie Way and Queens Road.

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Four roads in Jarrow - the Epinay Loop Road (Jarrow / A19 slip road), Howard Street Bridge (A185), Straker Street (A185 between Howard Street and A19 southbound slip off), and Priory Road (between Church Bank and the Straker Street roundabout) - will be closed from 9:30am until the visit ends at around 11:30am, with clearly signed diversions in place for motorists.

On the north side of the tunnel the A183 East Howdon Bypass will have a clearway order implemented and 'no waiting' signs on the day for all traffic.

Both tunnels will be closed for around ten minutes in mid-morning to accommodate the event. Peak hour traffic (07:00hrs - 09:00hrs; 16.30hrs - 18.30hrs) via the Tyne Tunnel and local roads will NOT be affected by the event.

Between 11am and 12pm the following roads will be closed:
*The Quayside from its junction with Sandgate to its junction with Sandhill 
* Sandhill from its junction with Quayside to its junction with Close
* The Side from its junction with Sandhill to its junction with Dean Street
* Dean Street from its junction with The Side to its junction with Mosley Street
* Grey Street from its junction with Mosley Street to its junction with Market Street
* Market Street from its junction with Grey Street to its junction with Pilgrim Street

The following streets are proposed to be closed for a very short period as the parade passes A1058:
* Cradlewell Bypass Eastbound at its junction with Newton Road
* Newton Road at its junction with A1058 Coast Road
* Heaton Road at its junction with A1058 Coast Road
* Mosley Street at its junction with Grey Street