With the Jubilee only a month away, more and more exciting details are coming out regarding the various community events and celebrations taking place over the June bank holiday weekend.
Newbury Town Council has announced it will be hosting a Community Beacon Lighting on Thursday 2 June, to celebrate the Queen’s 70th year as Monarch. There has been a long-standing tradition in the United Kingdom of celebrating royal occasions with the lighting of beacons. It is predicted that more than 2,000 beacons will be lit for the Platinum Jubilee.
The event is being held at Victoria Park and will coincide with beacon lighting events due to take place across the country. Of course, everyone is invited to come along and join in the celebrations.
On the day at 2pm, the Town Crier will also deliver the Proclamation announcing the beacon lighting in the Market Place.
Later in Victoria Park, there will be music and entertainment from 7pm, including various local groups such as: Sing for Fun, VoxFresh & VoxSonix and Newbury Rock Choir. This will go on until 9:30pm when commemorations and the beacon lighting will take place.
Families are encouraged to bring picnic teas and their own seating to enjoy the entertainment and the Children’s Funfair that will be in the park throughout the evening.
Cllr Jo Day, Chair of the Council’s Civic Pride, Arts and Culture Committee, said, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has reached a remarkable anniversary in her long reign. She has been an amazing monarch who has performed her duties with such dignity and dedication. Let this event show how much we, the people of Newbury, along with the rest of the nation, appreciate the service she has given and celebrate this wonderful occasion with her.
Do come along, show your support and enjoy the celebration.”
The last time the beacon was lit in Newbury was to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday in 2016.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
For more information please visit the Newbury Council website.