COUNCILLORS in the Tyne Valley are looking ahead to the Queen's platinum jubilee.

Celebrations are expected to take place in June 22 to mark the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.

The Tyne Valley has always made a valuable contribution to such occasions, with memorable events in local towns and villages to mark anniversaries in years gone by.

The Queen's silver jubilee in 1977 is well remembered, as are more recent events, such as the diamond jubilee of 2012.

Chairing a recent meeting of Hexham Town Council, the Mayor of Hexham, Coun. Bob Hull, said: "It is of course the queen's platinum jubilee in 2022. We will consider in the new year what we will do to acknowledge that."

Meanwhile, Coun. Hull has paid tribute to Hexham residents and organisations for their contribution to major events towards the end of 2020.

Despite stringent Covid restrictions, people observed social distancing measures to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday.

Coun. Hull added: "There were 70 or 80 people which symptomises the feelings that people have at that time of year, particularly at this time of a crisis. The Mayor also praised the role of Hexham TV in broadcasting the switching on of Hexham's Christmas lights, with a public event unable to take place.