Organisers of an artistic parade and several jubilee workshops are overjoyed it was well received by the community.

Green Croft Arts in Gisland are pleased with the success of the Hadrian's Wall Beacon lighting event, which was a part of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

The events were funded by Arts Council Let's Create Jubilee Fund distributed by Tyne and Wear Community Foundation, Haltwhistle Town Council with volunteer support from members of Upper Denton Parish Council and Thirlwall Parish Council. 

"What we organised was really successful and we delivered what we promised," said Amanda Drago, creative producer and director of Green Croft.

"We had two free workshops to Gilsland C of E Primary School, involving all the children in the school. Then we had a singing workshop with Lindsey Hannon and one lantern making workshop with myself.

"Our Swing Dance Event was sold out with 100 people joining in with the free dance taster session and performance by House Of The Black Gardenia. 

"For the latern parade we had local artist Kate Gilman Brundrett and Gilsland Youth Club to create a centre piece horses head lantern. 

"Around 300 people turned up for the lantern parade from Gisland School to Willowford Farm led by the band. More people were waiting at Willowford Farm to join in with the Beacon Lighting Ceremony so with around 350 audience in total.

"At the parade we had Bagpiper, Allen Clement and his daughter Lorna Clement who played Diu Regnare, which was special as Allen’s cousin is Piper Major Stuart Liddell who composed Diu Regnare as a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

"Then we listened to Trumpeter 14-year-old Lara Hopper,  who announced the lighting of the beacons with a specially written bugle call, entitled 'Majesty'.

"After that, we listened to Lindsay Hannon with the community choir made up of children and adults from Gilsland and surrounding community singing the Song For The Commonwealth. 

"Our brazier has been sponsored by local business DNV Spadeadam and lit by Alfie Barwick and Ivan Riddlell, the oldest and youngest members of our community. 

"The fireworks were sponsored by Upper Denton Parish Council and Gilsland Village Hall."