Farmers invited to light beacons to mark Platinum Jubilee

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Farmers across the UK have been asked to light beacons to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

It’s hoped 1,500 beacons will be lit with representation in every county in the UK on June 2nd 2022 to mark the 70th anniversary of The Queen’s reign as the bumper Bank Holiday weekend marking her historic reign gets under way.

Farming unions and organisations have given their backing to the request from the Platinum Pageant organisers.

Landholders around the country are being asked to register for permission to light the beacons.

Pageant master, Bruno Peek, told Farmers’ Weekly that ” the involvement of farms and country estates could easily assist us in reaching this target.”

All registered beacons will be recorded in a special book which will later be presented to Her Majesty. A similar record was given to her following her Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

The lighting of beacons to mark major royal events is a centuries’ old tradition. Their first major use in Jubilees came in 1897 when Queen Victoria marked sixty years on the throne. Chains of beacons were also lit for the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of Elizabeth II.

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Lydia Starbuck

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.