CELEBRATIONS are taking place across Darlington to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday in the coming days and the Firthmoor community is going all out.

The Firthmoor and District Community Association are throwing a free community fun day on Saturday (June 11) which will see roads around the Burnside Road centre close to enable the party to take to the streets.

In what amounts to the biggest community event ever to take place in the neighbourhood, the entertainment will see local bands, tribute acts and dancers take to a large outdoor stage throughout the day and evening.

An outdoor market and fair ground rides will also feature on the day.

Football lovers will be able to watch England’s first game in the Euros, live from 8pm on a large outdoor television screen.

The Association’s chief officer Glenis Harrison said: “We’ve got nine hours of fun-packed activities and entertainment, we’ve tried to put something on for everyone.

“I’m certain this will be the biggest event in Darlington to Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday.”

Community centre chairman and ward councillor Kevin Nicholson added: “This is the biggest event we have ever put on for our community; we’re celebrating the Queen’s 90 years of service in a perfect way, by bringing people together.

“I want people from across Darlington to come along a enjoy the day.”

The event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Brian Jones, at 1pm and he will give out commemorative medals to hundreds of children.

The entertainment will then run until 10pm.