Wickford Town Council has announced plans to light a beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the evening of Thursday, June 2.
The beacon is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth, and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee Weekend.
The beacon will be lit at the arboretum in Wickford Memorial Park, and it will be one of over 2,022 lit by charities, communities and faith groups all over the UK.
In addition, beacons will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals and the principal beacon lighting will take place in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ’Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections onto the front of the palace.
Cllr Rachel Voller, organiser, commented; “The newly formed town council for Wickford is proud to be hosting this special celebration as our first event for the Wickford community.
“Working in partnership with the Friends of Wickford Memorial Park, supported by Basildon Council, we have created a unique community event for all to enjoy.
“The beacon lighting ceremony will be preceded by a lantern parade along the Avenue of Remembrance in Wickford Memorial Park leading to the arboretum where the newly refurbished beacon will be lit. This has been a great community project including the production of 300 lantern kits (made up by a team of volunteers from the Friends of Wickford Memorial Park), now available free to the community to ensure they have a lantern fit for the parade.
“The town has nominated Matty Turnball, who works for Royal Mail in Wickford, to have the honour of lighting the beacon. Matty has a reputation for exceeding service expectations, provides great TiK Tok entertainment and has become a local treasure.
“We really hope the Town will support this event and enjoy celebrating this milestone in history.”
Wickford Celebrations also include a Big Jubilee Lunch which is being hosted by Wickford Community Association at the Nevendon Centre, Nevendon Road on Sunday June 5, from nidday-5pm. The event includes family entertainment in the main hall with Moji Entertainment and peformances of Vintage songs by Loraine Cater in the lounge. Visitors can also enjoy free afternoon tea and refreshments.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons said; “Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, thousands of beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. They will enable local communities to join together to pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events.
“For the first time pipers, buglers and choirs from the UK and the Commonwealth will come together to join in the celebrations in their own individual and special way. It is wonderful to see the range of support for beacon lighting, which will highlight both the diversity and unity of the nation and the Commonwealth.
“The Queen has lit up our lives for 70 years through her dedicated service and commitment. We would like to light up the nation and the Commonwealth in her honour.”