Town and Parish Councils are being encouraged to take part in the lighting of Beacons on the 2nd of June next year in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. As this is likely to be the last chain of Beacons to be lit in the reign of Her Majesty The Queen,
the organisers would like to make it the largest and the most dramatic the world has ever seen.
The beacon lighting event will take place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and for the first time, in each of the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries. Read the QPJB Letter to Local Councils in full as well as the recent Buckingham Palace Press Release Platinum Jubilee outlining the Jubilee weekend of the 2nd - 5th June.
Town criers will be undertaking the Proclamation at 1pm announcing the lighting of the beacons that evening and pipers playing Diu Regnare at 9.09pm, before the beacons are lit at 9.15pm.There are three Town Criers listed on the Roll of Honour for Warwickshire and the West Midlands: Henley-in-Arden, Nuneaton & Bedworth and Shipston-on-Stour.
Various types of beacons can be used for this historic occasion. They can be lit in farmers fields, on country estates and on the top of high hills, with gas fuelled beacons on church towers and castle battlements and permanent beacon braziers made and lit by craftsmen and women in the centre of town and village greens, providing a lasting reminder of this historic moment in the history of The Queen’s reign. Many will already have permanent beacons in place; however, those wanting to take part are asked to contact the organiser, Bruno Peek, LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The guide can be viewed and downloaded from www.queensjubileebeacons.com.