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Gateshead youngsters' garden party to help celebrate Queen's birthday

Gateshead school children helped celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special lunch.

Pupils at Clover Hill Primary School in Whickham, ditched the school dining room in favour of a picnic-style Garden Party on the grass outside the school.

Headteacher Louise Easton said the youngsters had been learning about the longest-reigning monarch and said it was important they knew their royal history.

Millenium bridge lit up to celebrate Queen's 90th birthday

People across the region have been celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

In Newcastle and Gateshead people gathered at the Quayside to see the Millenium Bridge lit up in the colours of the Union Jack.

90-year-old John Bell switched the lights on Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

One man from Gateshead was given the honour of the switch on. John Bell, like the Queen, has just turned 90. He was a miner by the age of 14 and later became a mechanic and marshal for the RAF.