Sunderland to celebrate the King and Queen with ‘Big Coronation Lunch’ in the city centre

Written by on 6th May 2023

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On Saturday, May 6, the Coronation of His Majesty the King and the Queen Consort will be shown live on the large screen in Keel Square, Sunderland for free.

The ‘Big Coronation Lunch’ event which has been planned by Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council will take place between 10am and 4pm.

Organisers are encouraging communities to come together and participate in festivities, tucking into some delicious food on offer and enjoying a fun-filled day while watching a monumental moment in history.

Burger Bros and Don’t You Know I’m Loco are just a couple of street food vendors serving up a storm on the day. While various attractions such as rides, mini golf, walkabout characters, puppet shows, face painting and much more are available to keep children entertained.

Caspin Jones from Sunderland BID helped plan the event and hopes the city will turn out in their numbers and take part in the day.

She said: “We want the community to get involved and make the event nice and fun so people can celebrate the Coronation in Sunderland.

“It will be good for the different age groups to acknowledge the Coronation; it is an important part of history which should be recognised.”

The last crowning in England dates back a whopping 70 years to 1953 when the late Queen Elizabeth II was enthroned.

Sharon Appleby from Sunderland BID understands the importance of the day and looks forward to seeing a mix of generations share a special moment of history.

“The Coronation is such an important occasion that we’re delighted Sunderland has a whole programme of events to really celebrate the day.

“It’s an opportunity for people of all ages to get together and there’s a whole host of activities across the city centre, including a large screen in Keel Square where people can watch the event and share the experience,” Sharon added.

For full details about the Coronation event at Keel Square, visit Sunderland BID

Elsewhere in Sunderland, the Coronation will be shown live at the Town Moor, The Galleries, Hylton Castle, Barnes Park, and Rectory Park.

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