Historic beacon to be lit to celebrate Platinum Jubilee

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Beacon from the Diamond Jubilee event in Golders Hill Park.

A historic beacon is set to be lit in Golders Hill Park this weekend to celebrate Platinum Jubilee.

One of the first Platinum Jubilee Beacons to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service will be lit in Golders Hill Park on June 2 at 9.30pm.

It will be one of the highlights of a Platinum Jubilee Fun Day taking place in the park, starting at 2pm.

The free event will include live music, entertainment, a traditional children’s fair, food, and arts and crafts stalls, and will culminate in an impressive fireworks display.

The City of London Corporation, which manages Golders Hill park as a registered charity, is running the event in partnership with Barnet Council.

Chair of the City Corporation’s Hampstead Heath Management Committee, William Upton, who will be among those lighting the Beacon, said: “Her Majesty The Queen is a symbol of unity for the country and she continues to reign with an unfaltering commitment to public service.

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“This event will be a fantastic way for everyone to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and to mark the start of the extended bank holiday.”

Richard Collins, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, said: “RICS is honoured to have been asked to lead the anchor chain for the Platinum Jubilee Beacons, and our members across all four nations of the United Kingdom are proud to be participating in this historic occasion, where we pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen’s historic 70 years of service.

“This is a duty we have gladly undertaken since 1977 aided by our network of professionals across the UK, who are committed to supporting their communities and their patron. We would not be able to achieve this without them.”

More than 1,500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit across the UK and the Commonwealth on the first evening of the four-day Jubilee Weekend.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) will be joining the Chairman of the Hampstead Heath Management Committee to light the beacon in Golders Hill Park, which is one of the first 55 beacons to be lit across the nation.

Beacons have been lit at Jubilees dating all the way back to 1897.

Golders Hill Park is part of Hampstead Heath which is one of London’s most popular open spaces, attracting almost 10 million visits a year.

Featured image by C. Totman

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