South Shields Nursing Home is creating an amazing cardboard royal carriage to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Garden Hill Care Home in St Michaels, Avenue, South Shields has been preparing for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, just weeks away.

Stacey Adam, Lifestyle Coordinator at Garden Hill, said the team and residents have been “super busy” creating their Platinum Jubilee display.

She said the project has created a royal atmosphere and made residents feel royal – and they hope everyone will love the exhibition as much as they do.

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Garden Hill Care Home resident Peggy Carson tries out the carriage.

The idea was born in the Home’s Arts and Crafts Club when members were discussing what they would like to do as an exhibition for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, and it took off from there.

Stacey said some residents wanted a carriage, some wanted the Beefeaters and some wanted the Queen’s beloved corgis.

“Eventually everything had to be included and we would go about creating the carriage and coloring that in Arts and Crafts each week and once the carriage was created we would add the rest,” Stacey said.

“Of course, no carriage would be complete without a star from the show and our lovely Peggy Carson was thrilled to try them out.”

Queen Elizabeth II at Paddington Station in London to mark the completion of the London Crossrail project. Picture date: Tuesday May 17, 2022.

She added: “We are absolutely delighted with how fabulous it turned out from just a few boxes, some imagination and time during our crafting and Peggy absolutely loved wearing the crown for the picture.

“We think she makes a fabulous queen for our carriage.”

Events and activities are already underway in South Tyneside and the rest of the UK to celebrate the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne.

The official anniversary weekend will take place between Thursday 2 June and Sunday 5 June, with Thursday and Friday being public holidays.

Street parties, tree planting and a bonfire lighting ceremony are among the plans to celebrate the occasion in South Tyneside.

Schools, community groups and libraries are also participating in the anniversary celebrations with a range of events, crafts and activities.

During the celebratory Platinum Jubilee weekend, South Tyneside will join towns and cities across the country on June 2nd to light more than 1,500 bonfires – including a special bonfire ceremony on Lawe Top in South Shields.

Local communities are also encouraged and supported to participate in “Big Lunch” events in local parks on June 5 or host their own street parties.

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