Lighting the Beacon competition for the Platinum Jubilee

Published: Wed 16th March, 2022

  • The Beacon at Queen's Park, Loughborough.
    The Beacon at Queen's Park, Loughborough.

A competition is being held to find a local resident to play an important part in Charnwood’s celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Charnwood Borough Council is searching for a resident who was born in 1952 – the year of the Queen’s accession to the throne – to join the Mayor of Charnwood in the lighting of the Beacon ceremony in Queen’s Park in Loughborough on the evening of Thursday June 2, between 8pm and 10pm.

More than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service.

Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Paul Baines, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for a member of the public to play an important role in Charnwood’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

“We hope to see a large number of applications, and hear some amazing stories from the past 70 years. If residents want to include photographs in their applications that would be fantastic, too.

“Her Majesty the Queen is the most recognisable person on earth and it is important that we come together to celebrate her long and selfless service. I am sure the winner of the competition will remember their big moment for a long time.”

Applications can be made online at www.charnwood.gov.uk/beacon. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 29. The winner will be contacted the week commencing Monday May 9.

The council would like to hear from applicants why they would want to be considered for this very special task, and what it would mean from them to be chosen to light the Beacon as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

The lighting of the Beacon is just one of a series of events currently being planned for the Platinum Jubilee weekend, taking place between June 2 and 5. These events include celebrations in Loughborough Market, Loughborough Town Hall and Charnwood Museum, and a picnic event in Queen’s Park.

Visit www.charnwood.gov.uk/jubilee for full details. The webpage is being updated as new information and events are added and confirmed.