Ross-on-Wye Town Council has announced their plans to light a beacon for the queen’s platinum jubilee on the evening of Thursday, June 2.
The Beacon, at The Prospect, will be lit at 9.45pm, and will be one of over 2,022 lit by charities, communities, and faith groups all over the UK.
The town crier is scheduled to announce a specially-written proclamation at the Market House at 2pm, heralding the lighting of the beacons later that day.
Following the town crier there’ll be choir performing at St Mary’s Church. The choirs will be parading out to the prospect to sing the national anthem.
A piper will play Diu Regnare at 9.35pm, a unique tune specially written for the occasion by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper—before the Beacon is then lit at 9.45pm.
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 queen’s platinum jubilee beacons and associated activities have been conceived and organised by pageant master Bruno Peek and his dedicated team.
The town council also decided to bolster the pool of grant money for jubilee parties, since there were more applications than they initially planned. They voted to put another £700 towards street parties as—so far—a total of 17 are currently planned.
Patriotic parties and a four day Bank Holiday weekend were also highlights of the diamond jubilee celebrations, where a beacon was also lit on The Prospect, to coincide with the lighting of the royal beacon. The beacon has also lit to celebrate the queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.