The Town Council will ignite Platinum Jubilee celebrations by firing up a spectacular beacon of light in Spennymoor.

The event will be led by Councillor Dean Ranyard, Mayor of Spennymoor Town Council, who today unveiled details of the event in Jubilee Park.

Cllr Ranyard said: “There is a long and unbroken tradition dating back generations in our country of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings and coronations with the lighting of ceremonial beacons, and this summer it will be no different.

I am delighted to announce that Spennymoor Town Council will stage a Beacon Lighting event on June 2, during which we will come together as a community to celebrate this incredible unique milestone in UK history, Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth.

“It would be fantastic if you could join us for this momentous occasion.”

A Platinum Jubilee is a feat achieved by no previous monarch, and to mark its arrival more than 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and overseas territories. One will also be lit in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries, recognising The Queen’s long and selfless service.

Those planning to attend this event, should arrive at Jubilee Park by 9.30pm. The itinerary for the event is:

  • 35pm – A piper will play the tune ‘Diu Regnare’ at 9.35pm.
  • 40pm – A bugler or cornet player will play the tune ‘Majesty’ at 9.40pm.
  • 45pm – The Beacon will be lit whilst a choir sings a song specially commissioned for the event – Song for the Commonwealth.


Platinum Jubilee Grants

The Mayor has also announced the community organisations that secured Spennymoor Town Council Platinum Jubilee Grants, which were offered earlier in the year:

  • Kirk Merrington Village Hall – £2000
  • The Settlement – £384
  • The Park Run – £80
  • Step to the Occasion – £1500
  • Clyde Terrace Community Garden – £50*

*Clyde Terrace Community Garden is under new management and will re-launch the Community Garden on Saturday June 4, with refreshments being available and all welcome to attend from 12 noon until 4pm.

“I am really pleased to see so many of our fantastic dedicated community groups seizing the opportunity to stage events for people across the town and surrounding areas,” said Cllr Ranyard.

“Occasions to come together and socialise with friends, colleagues and neighbours have been few and far between over the past two years, so we should grab this opportunity to celebrate and enjoy ourselves.”