The Herald

2,800 beacons will hail Queen’s reign


MORE than 2,800 Platinum Jubilee beacons will be lit across the world in honour of the Queen’s 70-year reign, organisers have revealed as the two-week countdown to the national celebratio­ns begins.

A network of flaming tributes will stretch throughout the UK, with beacons at historic sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborou­gh Castle, Lambeth Palace and the Queen’s estates of Sandringha­m and Balmoral.

The first beacons on June 2 – the start of the extended Jubilee weekend – are due to be set ablaze thousands of miles away in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the central American country of Belize in the Caribbean.

The principal beacon at Buckingham Palace – a 69ft-high Tree of Trees sculpture for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative – will be illuminate­d by a senior royal, who has yet to be revealed, late on the Thursday evening.

As well as traditiona­l beacons organised by charities, community groups, councils and other organisati­ons, creative adaptation­s of the gesture are being staged to commemorat­e the monarch’s milestone.

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust’s sustainabl­e beacon has been made of old and broken hospital beds, which have been melded into a crown-shaped beacon. It will be illuminate­d in a light display.

Nine central London bridges across the River Thames will be lit up to form the world’s longest public artwork, entitled Illuminate­d River, with a celebrator­y sequence of evolving colour and light.

Several English cathedrals – Durham, Ely, Lichfield, Peterborou­gh and Rochester – will be lighting up the night sky red, white and blue, while London’s BT Tower will also be celebratin­g.

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