Town beacon lit at sunset celebrations

By Chris Were   |   Reporter   |
Thursday 9th June 2022 10:00 am
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A photo of Ross mayor Ed O’Driscoll lighting the beacon on the Prospect at sunset.
Mayor Ed O’Driscoll lighting the beacon on the Prospect. (Catherine Kirkham-Sandy )

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As part of the platinum jubilee celebrations, the beacon at the Prospect was lit at sunset.

Following the service at St Mary’s Church earlier in the day, mayor of Ross, Cllr Ed O’Driscoll thanked organisers in a short speech prior to the beacon lighting last Thursday, June 2. Piper, Simon Addison, played Diu Regnare, a musical piece written specially for the jubilee by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper.

Following the music, the beacon was lit. Other beacons lit up around the county could be seen in the distance.

Cllr O’Driscoll, was very much on the move this jubilee weekend, visiting street parties in the town, most of which had received a £100 grant towards their event from the town council to aid celebrations.

The mayor attended over 16 street parties, and was impressed with the efforts that they had all gone to.

He said: “It was fabulous to see the community coming together to enjoy and mark such an important occasion. Hats off to everyone who worked so hard to make the weekend such a terrific success.”

As part of the celebrations, the town council have gifted local primary school and nursery children with a keep-sake to remember the historic occasion.

Children in the town council parish have been presented with a jubilee keyring, made by Ross-on-Wye company, Crossfield Creations, to keep as a memento. Cllr O’Driscoll delivered the keyrings to Ashfield Park Primary School.

He said: “It has been great to see so many young people getting into the party spirit at the weekend. We hope this small gift will serve as a reminder of this happy and historic time in their future years.”

He added: “Charlotte Reynolds, community development officer, was delighted to present the children of Brampton Abbotts Primary School, Ross Pre-School Playgroup, and Abacus Nursery with their gifts.

Deputy clerk, Carla Boyles presented St Joseph’s Primary School and Nursery with theirs.

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