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The Crowning of the King & Queen of Eventide

 The King & Queen of Eventide have been crowned to mark the beginning of this year’s Houghton Feast.  This year’s Queen Barbara Lax has attended Age UK Sunderland’s Myre Hall Day Club since 2008 and was a carer in her working career. This year’s King Derek Mann is a volunteer at the same club.

From left to right:  Cllr David Wallace Mayor of Hetton le Hole, Barbara Lax the Queen of Eventide, Derek Mann the King of Eventide, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Sunderland Cllr Doris MacKnight, the Mayor’s Consort Mr Keith MacKnight & Tracy Buck Acting Director of Age UK Sunderland.

Houghton Feast began as a two day festival in the 12th Century and was revived by the local community in 1967 becoming an increasingly popular annual event now stretching over 10 days.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this year’s community celebrations have a time travelling theme reflecting the area’s cultural heritage including one of its most historically significant residents - Bernard Gilpin. Tracy Buck commented “The crowning of the King and Queen of Eventide is always a special event and marks the start of the festivities.  I would like to thank all of the volunteers involved who help make it the great celebration it is each year as they do an amazing job”

 

The King & Queen of Eventide twisting their way into the festivities at Houghton feast

The King & Queen of Eventide have been crowned to mark the beginning of this year’s Houghton Feast.  This year’s Queen Barbara Lax has attended Age UK Sunderland’s Myre Hall Day Club since 2008 and was a carer in her working career. This year’s King Derek Mann is a volunteer at the same club. I am sure you will agree they are great twisters!