Farmers to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with beacons

By Rob Blair, ARA specialist

The farming industry is being invited to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year by lighting up the sky.

Landowners, farming groups and organisations are being invited to light beacons to mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation

More than 1,500 beacons will be lit across the country at 9.15 pm on 2 July. Three types of beacon will be used:

  • A free-standing gas beacon
  • A brazier
  • A bonfire.

At 1 pm on the day, town criers across the country will announce the lighting of the fires.

The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having acceded to the throne on 6 February 1952.

An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, will provide an opportunity for the farming and agricultural communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.

Organisers aim to make the 2022 event the biggest and most dramatic one yet and are appealing to farmers and landowners to register for the event.

Similar beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, and again to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees, and in 2016 to celebrate her 90th birthday.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “The NFU is delighted to be supporting the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee beacons and we will be encouraging our members throughout England and Wales to light beacons as part of the celebration.

“From the uplands to the lowlands, our farmers will be lighting beacons on the most iconic parts of the countryside in tribute.”

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) President Glyn Roberts said the aim is to light seventy beacons in each county of Wales, with each one representing a year in the life of the Queen’s 70 years reign.

“Whether public or private, members will have the opportunity to support this special tribute to Her Majesty The Queen,” Mr Roberts said.

“As it is most likely this will be the last chain of Beacons lit in the Queen’s reign, we hope that the farming community will join with the many organisations who have already agreed to take part in this special tribute to Her Majesty.”

Whether private or public events, both should be registered, so they can be recorded in a later publication to mark the occasion.