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In pictures: Platinum Jubilee beacon lightings across West Berkshire



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Beacons were lit across West Berkshire and North Hampshire for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee as the sun set over the country last night.

Many gathered around the fire with each town creating their own glowing commemoration.

In Newbury, the beacon was lit in the pond in Victoria Park by Newbury mayor Gary Norman.

The lit beacon at Donnington Castle
The lit beacon at Donnington Castle

As the beacon was lit to celebrate the Queen's 70 years, onlookers captured images of the once in a lifetime event.

There were also beacon lightings at Donnington Castle, Thatcham's Dunstan Green and Aldermaston.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations beacon lighting at Victoria Park. (57079875)
Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations beacon lighting at Victoria Park. (57079875)
Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations beacon lighting at Victoria Park .Mayor of Newbury Gary Norman and Brian Sylvester. (57079877)
Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations beacon lighting at Victoria Park .Mayor of Newbury Gary Norman and Brian Sylvester. (57079877)
The lit beacon at Victoria Park
The lit beacon at Victoria Park
Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations beacon lighting at Victoria Park. (57079878)
Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations beacon lighting at Victoria Park. (57079878)

In Thatcham, the beacon lighting was followed by a firework display, choirs, dancers and a special bugler call.

The six-minute firework display was choreographed to music and the town celebrated the occasion together at Dunstan Green.

The beacon was lit following an array of different forms of entertainment from stilt walkers to a performance from the Cold Ash Brass Band.

Mayor of Thatcham Jeff Brooks with the lit beacon for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee at Dunstan Green, Thatcham
Mayor of Thatcham Jeff Brooks with the lit beacon for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee at Dunstan Green, Thatcham
Fireworks followed the beacon lighting at Dunstan Green, Thatcham
Fireworks followed the beacon lighting at Dunstan Green, Thatcham
Jubilee celebrations kicking off in Thatcham ahead of the beacon lighting in Thatcham
Jubilee celebrations kicking off in Thatcham ahead of the beacon lighting in Thatcham

In Kingsclere, a huge, bonfire-shaped beacon was lit atop White Hill - visible for miles around.

The spark was lit by Wendy Morgan of the Kingsclere Royal British Legion, helped by the legion's Standard Bearer Trevor Marriner.

Crowds gathered both at the top of the hill and on Bear Hill as the village kicked off its jubilee celebrations.

The Kingsclere beacon could be seen from Donnington Castle (57083389)
The Kingsclere beacon could be seen from Donnington Castle (57083389)
Flares were also set off in Kingsclere (57083385)
Flares were also set off in Kingsclere (57083385)
The town crier at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations beacon lighting at Victoria Park
The town crier at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations beacon lighting at Victoria Park
Celebrations at Victoria Park, Newbury
Celebrations at Victoria Park, Newbury
People gather to watch the once in a lifetime celebration
People gather to watch the once in a lifetime celebration
All smiles at Donnington Castle
All smiles at Donnington Castle
Celebrating the Queen's 70 year reign
Celebrating the Queen's 70 year reign
The beacon at Donnington Castle
The beacon at Donnington Castle
The beacon glowing at Donnington Castle.
The beacon glowing at Donnington Castle.


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