Beacon lit at sunset for platinum jubilee

By Chris Were   |   Reporter   |
Monday 6th June 2022 12:18 pm
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A photo of Ross Mayor Ed O’Driscoll lighting the beacon on The Prospect for the Queen’s platinum jubilee at sunset.
Ross Mayor Cllr Ed O’Driscoll lighting the beacon on The Prospect for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. (Catherine Kirkham-Sandy )

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A LARGE crowd gathered in Ross-on-Wye to mark the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Following a choral performance at St Mary’s Church on Thursday (June 2), the choirs paraded out to The Prospect for the national anthem to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

The Beacon was lit by newly-elected Ross mayor, Cllr Ed O’Driscoll.

Look out for more jubilee coverage in this weeks Ross Gazette.

In the run up to the celebrations a town council spokesperson said: “We are proud to be part of this momentous celebration. It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked. We are honoured to be part of this special event for Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th year as our monarch and head of the commonwealth on her platinum jubilee. With a weekend packed full of fantastic events we hope as many people as possible will join us to celebrate this very special occasion.”

The platinum plans are somewhat similar to celebrations ten years ago when patriotic parties, fireworks and live music were also highlights of a bank holiday weekend celebrating the diamond jubilee of the Queen. After local uniformed organisations led a parade to the riverside where the beacon on The Prospect was lit at about 10pm, to coincide with the lighting of the royal beacon.

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