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Newcastle Airport unveils Jubilee clock

Lord Lieutenant cuts ribbon on Jubilee clock Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A special clock has been installed at Newcastle Airport to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

It has an aeroplane motif and was shown to the public for the first time by the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Nigel Sherlock.

Special Jubilee clock installed at Newcastle Airport Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Free Metro parking for Queen's visit

The company that manages the Tyne and Wear Metro will make car parking free of charge for the Queen's visit next week.

Her Majesty the Queen is currently touring the country as part of the celebrations for her Diamond Jubilee. The monarch will arrive in the North East on Wednesday 18 July as part of her Diamond Jubilee Tour and visit Sunderland, South and North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead.

The network manager, Nexus, have announced they will make the major park-and-ride sites free of charge for the visit, along with most smaller car parks.

The following stations will be free of charge from 18 July - 31 August.

  • Callerton Parkway
  • Bank Foot
  • Regent Centre
  • Four Lane Ends
  • Northumberland Park
  • Stadium of Light

Lots of people will want to see Her Majesty The Queen on July 18 on her Diamond Jubilee Tour of the region.

There will be some road closures during the visit, so Metro is the easiest way to get to the key locations to see The Queen. We are making all of our park-and-ride sites free from the day of the visit, 18 July. The offer will run all the way to 31 August.

– Bernard Garner, Director General of Nexus

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Take That star recommends school's song version

Gary Barlow has given his support to a Sunderland school by recommending their version of his Jubilee anthem 'Sing' on Twitter.

The Take That star tweeted: "Love this - St. Mary's Primary School, Sunderland singing" and posted a link to a YouTube clip of pupils singing at the school in Thornholme.

The video has had over 5,600 hits since it was posted on May 31.

Barlow co-created the song with Andrew Lloyd-Webber for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It was released on May 28.

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