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Platinum Jubilee beacons lit in and around Preston

Posted on - 3rd June, 2022 - 7:32pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Flag Market, History, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Proud Preston
the Jubilee beacon at the Harris
The Platinum Jubilee beacon at the Harris balcony Pic: Michael Porter photography

During Thursday evening a series of events took place across Preston where beacons were lit up to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

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On Thursday June 2, Mayor of councillor Preston Neil Darby, hosted the launch of the civic Jubilee event where the city’s diverse communities got together to celebrate the joyous occasion at The Harris and Flag Market.

Towards the end at 9.45pm the lighting of the official Platinum Jubilee Beacon took place followed by the national anthem.

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Queen's Platinum Jubilee beacon was lit on Harris Museum Piic: Michael Porter Photography
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee beacon was lit on Harris Museum Pic: Michael Porter Photography

Commenting on the event, Councillor Neil Darby, said: “It was a huge honour this evening to light the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon on behalf of the people of Preston.

“Thank you to everyone for attending tonight – especially the incredible entertainers who successfully battled the rain to put on a good show!”

You can watch back the lighting of the Jubilee beacon below or via the city council’s Facebook page

While leader of the city council, councillor Matthew Brown, praised the diversity of the events taking place in the build up to the beacon being lit.

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Mark Woodward, Watch Manager at Preston Fire Station, said: “It was a wonderful evening of entertainment provided by the diverse community of Preston to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70th Jubilee.”

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – a Hindu temple in Preston had its own occasion to celebrate the Queen and her monarchy.

The lighting of the Jubilee Beacon was done by Deputy Commissioner Andrew Pratt and volunteer Vinubhair G. Limbachia.

In South Ribble the Lostock Hall war memorial was the venue for the beacon to be lit. You can watch back the ceremony below or via the South Ribble Borough Council Facebook page.

Elsewhere a Jubilee beacon was lit at Hoghton Tower.

The Hoghton Tower Jubilee beacon Pic: Hoghton Tower

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