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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons

Published: June, 2022

The council was proud to be part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons events on Thursday 2 June 2022 when the Seaton Valley Beacon was lit at sunset along with beacons around the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

Over 250 residents and visitors joined us at the beacon on the headland at Seaton Sluice Harbour to be part of the celebrations.

More than 2,000 beacons were lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, UK Overseas Territories and one in each of the 54 capital cities of the Commonwealth countries in in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service.  The Jubilee Beacons event was organised by Pagentmaster Bruno Peek to celebrate this unique milestone in our history.

Our Jubilee Beacons event commenced with a welcome by Cllr. Susan Dungworth, Hartley Ward Councillor and Chair of the Council.  This was followed by lone piper, Henry Dixon from the North Tyneside Pipe Band, who played ‘Diu Regnare’ in tribute to her majesty.

This unique tune has been especially written by Piper Stuart Liddell, 2020 Glenfiddich Champion and Pipe Major of the world champion pipe band, Inveraray and District.

A bugle call entitled ‘Majesty’ was played by Callum Hartwell from the Backworth Colliery Band to herald the lighting of the beacon.  This bugle call was especially written by Bugler Sgt. A W Carlisle from the Hillsborough Fort Guard in Northern Island for the event.

At sunset the beacon was lit and was accompanied by members of the Cramlington Community Choir who sang a specially written composition ‘A Song for the Commonwealth’ that was the winner of a Commonwealth- wide song competition.

The event concluded with the choir singing the National Anthem.

Cllr. Susan Dungworth said: “I was delighted to represent council at our beacon lighting ceremony and was pleased to see so many people attending the event and enjoying the warm evening that signalled the start of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations for her Majesty in Seaton Valley.”