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Locations of official Platinum Jubilee Beacons across the West Midlands

The beacons will all be lit at the same time on June 2

In Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell and across the Wyre Forest and Cannock Chase, people will be setting light to official beacons to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Bank Holiday Thursday, June 2.

It follows a tradition started in 1897 when beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

Since then, beacons were lit for Queen Elizabeth II in 1977 for her Silver Jubilee, 2002 for her Golden Jubilee and 2012 for her Diamond Jubilee, as well as in 2016 for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

On June 2, more than 2,022 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries to mark 70 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

There will be thousands of beacons lit up across the country to mark the Platinum Jubilee

The list of events across the region is starting to grow as councils, community groups and scout and guide groups prepare to celebrate the jubilee.

On Thursday, June 2, the Mayor of Dudley Councilor Anne Millward will light a beacon on behalf of the borough at the top of the keep at Dudley Castle, with beams of light also being displayed from Dudley Castle and Sedgley Beacon to mark the occasion.

Councilor Millward said: “Celebrating together is a way for our communities to show their support for the Queen, but also celebrate how neighbors have pulled together to support one another over what has been a challenging couple of years.”

In Sandwell, the Sandwell Beacon Monument will be lit as part of the chain of beacons across the region, using environmentally-friendly lighting to illuminate the beacon, which will also aim to be visible alongside beacons in Dudley and Walsall.

In previous years, the beacons have been lit on the Rowley Hills overlooking the borough.

In Stafford, the beacon will be lit at Victoria Park as part of an evening event featuring poetry readings, music and speeches by dignitaries including the mayor, as well as a declaration by the town crier. Peter Taunton.

Councilor Carolyn Trowbridge, Stafford Borough Council cabinet member for leisure, said: “We are proud to be part of this momentous celebration.

“It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music.

“We are honored to be part of this special event for Her Majesty, The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth on her Platinum Jubilee.”

More events will be announced in the coming weeks, with all parts of the region set to take part in celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.

  • Ravenhill’s Got Talent (including beacon lighting), Ravenhill Park

  • Picnic in the Park, Cannock Stadium

  • Brownhills Road Playing Fields, Norton Canes

  • Hixon Millennium Green Trust, Hixon Millennium Green, Hixon

  • Brocton Parish Council, Brocton

  • Eccleshall Castle, Eccleshall

  • Millennium Green, Great Wyrley

  • Kings Bromley Parish Council, Kings Bromley

  • Springhill Cricket Club, Lower Penn, Wolverhampton

  • Brownhills Road Playing Fields, Norton Canes

  • Oxleasows Farm, Chebsey, Stafford

  • Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield

  • St Michael and St Wulfad’s Church, Stone

  • Beaudesert Activity Center, Cannock Wood, Rugeley

  • War Memorial Park, Stourport-on-Severn

  • Heightington Village Hall, Bewdley

  • Sandwell Beacon Memorial, Rowley Hills

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