As a part of the Coronation celebration program, an image of King Charles III will be projected onto two County Durham landmarks – Durham and Bishop Auckland Town Halls.
Additionally, the colors of the Union Jack will illuminate the World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral.
Durham County Council and other organizations are coordinating a range of events to commemorate the Coronation, scheduled for this Saturday, 6th May. These lighting spectacles are among the several events.
Chairman of the council Cllr Joan Nicholson said: “The Coronation is an historic occasion for our nation, and we are excited both for the event itself and for the programme of activities we have to celebrate it here in County Durham.
“Projecting an image of His Majesty onto two of the county’s prettiest buildings is a very fitting way to mark the Coronation, as is turning the World Heritage Site Durham Cathedral red, white, and blue.
“Both events promise to be spectacular and will definitely be worth seeing. Of course, people will also be marking the occasion with neighbours at street parties, and we hope everyone enjoys celebrating the Coronation however they are doing it.”
The two county council-owned town halls, in each community’s Market Place, will have the image projected onto them, courtesy of The Northern Echo. This follows the success of an image of Queen Elizabeth II being projected onto both Durham Town Hall and County Hall for her Platinum Jubilee last year. The image will be visible across the special Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 5 to Monday 8 May.
The Cathedral will be awash with red, white and blue, visible from Friday 5 to Tuesday 9 May.
The light theme continues with dance troupe Spark! bringing its street theatre, a magical live music, movement and lighting spectacular, to Durham’s Millennium Place. Spark! will be performing as part of the celebrations on Friday 5 May at 6.30pm and 8pm. The performances have been organised by the City of Durham Parish Council, with funding from the county council.
Communities will also be coming together at street parties and parades to celebrate the Coronation across the bank holiday weekend, with the council’s highways team having processed a number of applications for road closures to facilitate these.
Councillors have been busy supporting local community celebrations through a special coronation grant fund. Over 50 applications have been received so far for a wide range of projects, including organising commemorative medals to be given to schoolchildren.
The authority has also planted special King’s Oak trees to mark the Coronation, at its Hardwick, Wharton and Riverside Parks.
Plans are also in place for Coronation-themed floral displays in Durham City, including at Gilesgate and North Road roundabouts. Red, white and blue bedding plants have also been ordered and will adorn floral displays across the county.
Schools and nurseries across County Durham will also be marking the Coronation, through events and activities such as tea parties and Union Jack-themed non-uniform days. Durham Youth Council is also hosting an intergenerational street party, at which members will be joined by residents of care homes in the Stanley area, as part of the celebrations.
In a lasting legacy to the new King, people enjoying a walk on County Durham’s stunning coastline will as of next week be doing so along a route named for the newly-crowned Monarch. From 10 May, the full length of the England Coast Path will be known as the King Charles III England Coast Path, in celebration of the Coronation.
A dedicated webpage has been set up with details of local and national celebrations people can take part in, at www.durham.gov.uk/coronation.
Details of events can also be found online at www.thisisdurham.com and coronation.gov.uk/events.