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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Newbury Town Council announces community beacon lighting event

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A beacon will be lit in Newbury next month as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Newbury Town Council will be hosting the community event on Thursday, June 2 to commemorate the Queen's70 years on the throne.

It is anticipated that the Newbury beacon will be one of more than 2,000 which will be lit across the country – as is traditional in the UK when celebrating royal occasions.

A beacon will be lit in Victoria Park on June 2
A beacon will be lit in Victoria Park on June 2

The events will take place in Victoria Park and the town council is inviting everyone to go along and join in the celebrations.

Music and entertainment from local groups will take place from 7pm; including Sing for Fun, VoxFresh and VoxSonix, and Newbury Rock Choir.

At 9.30pm the beacon will be lit and commemorations will take place.

Families are encouraged to bring picnic teas and their own seating to enjoy the entertainment and the children’s funfair, which will be in the park throughout the evening.

At 2pm on the same day, the Town Crier will also deliver the Proclamation announcing the beacon lighting in the Market Place.

Town councillor Jo Day, chairwoman of the council’s civic pride, arts and culture committee, said: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has reached a remarkable anniversary in her long reign.

“She has been an amazing monarch who has performed her duties with such dignity and dedication. Let this event show how much we, the people of Newbury, along with the rest of the nation, appreciate the service she has given and celebrate this wonderful occasion with her.

“Do come along, show your support and enjoy the celebration.”

If you are planning an event to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee please send us your stories and photographs and we will try to include as many as we can in our June 9 edition. Email newsdesk@newburynews.co.uk by 2pm on Monday, June 6 with the subject line Queen's Jubilee event.

The last time the beacon was lit in Newbury was to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.

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