The Duchess of Northumberland was guest of honour at a special event to mark the 125th anniversary of a Wallsend church.

To add to the celebrations, Floristry teachers and students from TyneMet College provided some wonderful floral displays at Our Lady of Saint Columba in Carville Road.

The Flower Festival was also sponsored by pop legend, 'Sting' who as Gordon Sumner was baptised in the church in October 1951.

Marks and Spencer boss, Sir Stuart Rose even provided champagne and canapés for the occasion.

TyneMet staff and students created four designs depicting the history of Wallsend, including its shipbuilding tradition.

Teacher, Tina Reddel said: "I think the Duchess and the organisers liked the modern touch we brought to the displays. We used a lot of decorative wire which is something not many had seen before and we designed spheres as pedestals at the doorways which they were impressed with."

The Flower Festival culminates with a special Mass this Sunday, June 13th at 3pm.