A JUBILEE celebration took place in Priestlands Park on Sunday.

Dawn Snowball is part of Priestlands Residents Group, which she said was established a few years ago to improve the estate and enrich the lives of the residents who live there with environmental and social activities. 

The committee decided to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee and decorate the estate.

Dawn said: "The bunting and decoration of the main central point was done by local charity, Gateway into the Community.

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"The students from Gateway also worked tirelessly to deliver flyers through the doors of all 800 households in the estate, advertising a big Jubilee Picnic on Sunday, June 5 in Priestlands Park. 

"Our postbox topper, made by a friend of one of the residents, stole the show and stood proud throughout the week on the post box central to the estate," she said.

Hexham Courant: TOPPER: The postbox topper made by JoJo JohnsonTOPPER: The postbox topper made by JoJo Johnson

JoJo Johnson made the postbox topper, which she said took about 80 hours to put together. 

Dawn added: "Grants from Karbon Homes and Northumberland County Council gave us funds to provide activities and crafts and gifts for all residents who attended."

The Jubilee Picnic was opened by Helen Wearmouth, one of Hexham's Town Criers, and guests included Mayor of Hexham, Derek Kennedy and Councillor Trevor Cessford, who judged competitions and handed out prizes and sweets. 

Hexham Courant: CELEBRATE: Hexham Town Crier Helen Barrow Wearmouth with residents CELEBRATE: Hexham Town Crier Helen Barrow Wearmouth with residents

"Antonia from Hexham Youth Initiative spent hours doing face painting, while Sophie Davey entertained us with her beautiful singing.

"Volunteers gave out crafts, held competitions such as What's in the Queens Handbag and Name the Corgi, while other volunteers held a children's lucky dip and tombola stall. 

Hexham Courant: PAINT: Antonia from Hexham Youth Initiative facepainting children at the picnicPAINT: Antonia from Hexham Youth Initiative facepainting children at the picnic

Donations from local businesses included Listers Biscuits, Tesco and Adamsons Wood Creations, ensuring children at the picnic got sweets and a Jubilee ice cream from Tyne Valley ices, who came along to serve ice cream. 

"We would like to thank all residents who joined us on the day and who dropped off donations for our tombola and lucky dip, and Helen Fish who was our official photographer. And the many other volunteers behind the scenes organising and setting up the park ready for the picnic, a great day was had by all," she said.