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Community stalwarts countdown to royal celebration

Friday, June 3, 2016

stockton flyer prepares for launch

Unsung heroes from across Stockton Borough will be the special guests at a street party themed celebration to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

On 12 June volunteers, carers, charity workers and school children will enjoy an afternoon tea on Stockton High Street ahead of the unveiling of the town’s newest visitor attraction – The Stockton Flyer.

The large industrial looking contraption will rumble gradually out of the High Street’s plinth for the very first time at around 1pm.  Picnic benches will be available for anyone who wants to bring along food and there will be family fun activities with a dog show, Victorian playground, Lego workshops and street theatre to name but a few.

14 year old Ellie Jones, a young carer from Stockton Borough, will be among the guests: “I’m really looking forward to Sunday, I think it will be fun.  I can’t wait to meet the lady who will be representing the Queen and see the Stockton Flyer for the first time.”

Ellie will be joined by community stalwarts from all walks of life including Ian ‘Roger’ Bannister from the British Legion, he said: “I’m honoured to be invited and to be able to represent the British Legion at such a prestigious event.

“Along with celebrating the Queen’s birthday, I’m most looking forward to meeting others who have contributed to the success of Stockton. I have lived and worked across the Borough for 21 years and I’m very proud to be a part of the community.”

Retired Major Chris Lawton MBE DL will be representing The Rifles, “Stockton is a Freedom Town so I like to support as many events as I can and have regularly attended the Mayor Making and other special days hosted by the Borough.  I’ll be bringing along my 13 year old foster son and I’m sure he will enjoy seeing the Stockton Flyer’s very first performance.  It is an absolute privilege to be invited.”

Members of the public will be invited to wave green flags to signal the whimsical Stockton Flyer to life. 

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn, said: “Stockton Town Centre will be a hive of activity on 12 June. There will be something for all the family and it is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic work that so many people do, often in a voluntary capacity, to make our Borough such a fantastic place to live, work and learn.

“The launch of the Stockton Flyer is not to be missed. Its emergence from the plinth promises to be an intriguing sight and what better time to unveil it for the first time than at this community celebration?” 

The event is being held between 10.30am and 4pm on the same day as the Patron’s Lunch on the Mall in London.

For full details of the Right Royal Celebration or to see a video of the Stockton Flyer’s creation visit

Elsewhere in the Borough Billingham Town Council is holding a picnic in John Whitehead Park on 11 June while Yarm Town Council is hosting a tea party and vintage fun fair on 12 June.

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