Winner chosen to light the Beacon for the Platinum Jubilee

Published: Mon 16th May, 2022

  • Picture shows Cllr Jenni Tillotson and Loughborough resident Stephen Hutchins in front of the beacon at Queen's Park, Loughborough
    Picture shows Cllr Jenni Tillotson and Loughborough resident Stephen Hutchins in front of the beacon at Queen's Park, Loughborough

A winner has been chosen in a competition to find a local resident to play an important role in Charnwood’s celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Charnwood Borough Council has been 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 a lighting of a beacon ceremony in Queen’s Park in Loughborough on June 2.

The winner of the competition is Loughborough resident Stephen Hutchins, who turns 70 on Christmas Day this year, entered the competition after spending all of his working life serving Her Majesty.

Mr Hutchins said: “It is an honour to have been chosen to join the Mayor of Charnwood on such an important occasion.

“In my working life I spent 22 years in the Army, where I finished my career at Garrets Hay Barracks in Woodhouse. I have lived in Loughborough since leaving the army in 1992.

“I also spent 18 years with the Leicester Constabulary as a custody 0fficer, 10 of which I was based at Loughborough Police Station.

“I was born on Christmas Day in 1952, and like so many of us, Her Majesty the Queen has been a huge part of my life. I am very much looking forward to lighting the beacon and paying tribute to The Queen.”

Councillor Jenni Tillotson, who is currently the Deputy Mayor and due to become Mayor later this month, said: “Her Majesty the Queen has been a hugely important figure in so many lives across the world, and I look forward to joining Mr Hutchins and many Charnwood residents in Queen’s Park as we celebrate such a unique landmark in our country’s history.

“We will be joining over 1,500 territories 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."

A heritage plaque to mark the Platinum Jubilee will be unveiled by the Mayor of Charnwood at 8pm in Queen’s Park, before the official lighting of the Beacon at approximately 9.45pm.

Residents are being encouraged to attend the beacon lighting ceremony and are being encouraged to dine out at Loughborough’s many cafes, pubs and restaurants before making their way to Queen’s Park.

Some Loughborough-based businesses are providing special discounts and Jubilee-themed offers to mark the occasion, many of which can be found on Love Loughborough BID’s Loyal Free app.

For details on how to download the app, or if your business would like to sign up and promote an offer, visit www.loveloughborough.co.uk/love-loughborough/loyalty-app.

Events are being planned all over the nation for the Platinum Jubilee weekend of June 2-5, 2022, including here in Charnwood.

Full details of Charnwood Borough Council’s planned Platinum Jubilee celebrations can be found on our webpage.