In the sun, wind and rain, members of the public from County Durham came out in their droves to celebrate the King’s Coronation weekend with picnics, pomp and perfect entertainment.

Events took place across the region today (May 7) in the form of ‘big lunches’ and ‘big picnics’, designed to bring the public together for a once in a lifetime Coronation weekend.

Despite the less-than-perfect weather including pouring rain in the early afternoon, attendees didn’t let it dampen their spirit; keeping calm and carrying on in true British style.

Here’s a roundup of some of the events that took place across County Durham today from Aycliffe to Durham City – can you spot yourself in any of the photos?


Visitors to Market Square in Durham decked out large tables in Durham for a Big Lunch event in the heart of the city centre.

At the event was Martin, Julia, Kaci, Beau, Tyler and Kayne ready and waiting for entertainment with their flags.

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Performing was the Paul Skerritt Band, including Paul and Ruth who took a moment for a quick snap.

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Later on into the afternoon more people came to Durham, partaking in drinks and playing music to ring in bank holiday Monday.

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Partygoers flocked to Aycliffe’s Town Park where they pitched up their blankets and waved their flags proudly as they listened to live entertainment including a set from the Shine Choir.

About half an hour into the days events, the rain came pouring down – yet the people of Aycliffe waited it out and brought out brollies to shield them from the storm.

Right at the heart of the action was Mr and Mrs Degnan and their daughters, who told the Echo they are huge fans of the Royal Family.

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The Degnans have previously travelled to London and camped out in tents to catch a glimpse of the family, a more recent trip being for the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration.

Despite not making it to London for the Coronation, the family had a party on Coronation Day (May 6) and were overjoyed to be in the Town Park for the Big Lunch celebration.

Also in Aycliffe was Kathleen, Gemma, Eric and baby Sebastian who decked out a table filled with treats and wove their flags despite the less than sunny weather.

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The family told the Echo that their Nan passed away last year, who was a proud lover of the Royal Family.

Their plan was to carry on her “legacy” by revelling in the joyous Coronation Celebrations at Town Park.


Those celebrating in Ferryhill kept the party spirit going with bouncing live entertainment from bands and giant inflatable slides and play areas for little ones.

Visitors could also grab an ice cold slushie from a local vendor and enjoy hot homemade donuts as the rain cleared and the sun came out again.

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At the Victoria Jubilee Park, Spennymoor locals gathered for a round of fantastic live entertainment from the likes of the Joanne Banks Dancers and the Spennymoor Town Band.

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