Queens’ Platinum Jubilee Beacon lighting on Epsom Downs
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s Accession
An appreciative and enthusiastic audience gathered on the grassy slopes of Epsom and Walton Downs to watch as one of the highest Beacons in Surrey was lit to kick-off the celebrations of the four-day Queens’ Platinum Jubilee weekend on Thursday 2 June. At 9.45pm, the same time as hundreds of other Beacons and fires were seen the length and breadth of the country, the Beacon blazed into life.
The Jubilee Beacons were a wonderful opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and the Commonwealth, to come together to celebrate this historic milestone. The four days of celebrations included public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
People were treated to several performances leading up to the moment of lighting by the new Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Borough, Councillor Clive Woodbridge – piper Craig McLean, playing for the Natal Pipe Band, the trumpet solo of a new piece ‘Majesty’ by Penny Moss of the Epsom and Ewell Silver Band and, as the Beacon was lit, young performers from Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom sang the ‘A Life Filled with Grace’ (Song for the Commonwealth) specially written and composed for the Jubilee by Lucy Keily from Australia and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.
The Beacon was funded and installed by GoEpsom, the Epsom Business Improvement District and is located on the Downs by permission of the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators and the Jockey Club, who work in partnership to ensure the Downs are maintained for the primary use of racehorses and those who work with them during training hours alongside being available for fresh air and recreation for the public.
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was a landmark moment that everyone across communities got involved in, and it will be something to remember for generations to come. The street parties and other events, like the one hosted yesterday evening at Epsom Downs Racecourse by the Jockey Club, are a great display of community spirit for a monarch who has given seven decades of service. In Epsom and Ewell, we have been privileged to host Her Majesty on many occasions.
The Beacon will stand at the viewpoint car park on Epsom Downs for many years to come, a lasting memorial to the Platinum Jubilee and reminder of the Queen’s long service and commitment to the country and the Commonwealth.