A COLLECTION of quilts, some dating back to the start of the Queen's reign, will go on display to mark her golden jubilee on Saturday.

The Alington House Quilters will put on the exhibition in Alington House, North Bailey, Durham, from 10am to 4pm.

It will include old and new quilts from the Durham area, the European Suitcase Collection courtesy of the Quilters' Guild, stalls by Quilters' Cupboard and Ring-a-Rosie, and a raffle in aid of the Macmillan County Durham cancer appeal.

Eileen Swart, of the Alington House Quilters, who also teaches patchwork and quilting, said: "We have a quilt show every two years and every now and then we get a surprise.

"This year, a lady phoned up and asked if we would be interested in old quilts she did 50 years ago. As we were planning a quilt show for the jubilee, it all came together nicely."

The show has been sponsored by the National Lottery Awards For All fund, and features a range of items including bedspreads, bags and dolls. Admission costs £1 and refreshments will be available.