Queen's Jubilee beacons hope for Hadrian's Wall

First published: 02 February 2022

A just-lit beacon bonfire

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As the country gears up for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, farmers along Hadrian’s Wall are being urged to get involved. Local organiser, Jez Light, explains more.

1500 beacons to be lit

On Thursday 2 June, when the country celebrates Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, her Pageantmaster, Bruno Peek, hopes to see a special focus on Hadrian’s Wall – hopefully with the help of local farmers.

That night, and for the final time in Her Majesty’s reign, more than 1,500 beacons will be lit across the UK and further afield to mark the start of the official Platinum Jubilee weekend.

As the first community events of the international celebrations, local authorities, community groups, visitor attractions, landowners and farmers are being encouraged to host an event to celebrate the occasion – one that culminates in the lighting of either a gas-fired beacon, a brazier or bonfire.

The community celebrations will begin in the afternoon, with Town Criers across the UK announcing the Proclamation. Then from 9.35pm pipers across the country will play in unison and five minutes later, buglers will announce the lighting of the beacons at 9.45pm, accompanied by choirs of all shapes and sizes singing ‘Song for the Commonwealth’.

Hadrian's Wall identified as a key location

In Northumberland though, Hadrian’s Wall has been identified as a key location for showcasing the beacons. For that reason, the aim is to light those near the Wall at 10.00pm, uniquely highlighting the frontier of the Roman Empire to a world-wide audience in its 1900th anniversary year.

We hope to see lots of small celebrations within the local community rather than trying to put beacons on the Wall itself, which we know from previous experience can be problematic.

We would therefore love to see the farming community involved – either organising your own private event or joining in with your local community celebrations.

Support funding available

Northumberland County Council has already announced that grant funding is available to help organisers with the costs of putting on their events. To apply, simply visit their website.

The official guide to taking part outlines the various ways you can get involved and this is available to download from the Jubilee Beacons website.

Please get involved

This really will be a very special event, marking Her Majesty’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth – a feat no previous monarch has achieved.

We really hope this will inspire farmers to support the call for help to create an unbroken line of beacons stretching from South Shields to the Solway Firth.

To get in touch directly with Jez Light, please email him at [email protected]

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