Lights fantastic as beacons burn across South Yorkshire for our Queen

Frecheville Jubille celebrations hosted at Hollinsend Cricket Club and Jubilee Beacon lighting

Frecheville Jubille celebrations hosted at Hollinsend Cricket Club and Jubilee Beacon lighting

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Beacons burned brightly in front of thousands of people who gathered at sites around South Yorkshire and north Derbyshire in tribute to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

The 10 local sites were among 4,000 where beacons were lit nationally as part of the Jubilee celebrations.

Frecheville Jubille celebrations hosted at Hollinsend Cricket Club and Jubilee Beacon lighting

Frecheville Jubille celebrations hosted at Hollinsend Cricket Club and Jubilee Beacon lighting

Up to 400 people flocked to Fox Lane playing fields, Frecheville, for the beacon lighting.

Leon Pedryc, chairman of Friends of Frecheville Park and Pond, which organised the event, said: “The atmosphere was tremendous.

“The beacon was lit by myself and the Lord Mayor, Coun John Campbell, then the crowd burst into spontaneous singing of God Save The Queen.

“It was a real family event. The beacon followed a day of family entertainment which attracted as many as 900. Between 300 and 400 stayed for the lighting ceremony.

Frecheville Jubille celebrations hosted at Hollinsend Cricket Club and Jubilee Beacon lighting. Fireworks display to entertain the crowd

Frecheville Jubille celebrations hosted at Hollinsend Cricket Club and Jubilee Beacon lighting. Fireworks display to entertain the crowd

“Earlier, there had been a Twenty20 cricket match between Hollinsend and the Crab Cricket Club, which supports St Luke’s Hospice, raising £300 from collection buckets.

“There were also competitions including fancy dress and a quiz, and a fireworks display.”

The gas beacon at Fox Lane was one of six organised by community groups with Sheffield Council on Monday evening – others were at Chapeltown Park, Mayfield Valley, Bradway Recreation Ground, Bolehills recreation ground in Crookes and Manor Lane.

Beacon lighting went without a hitch – although an error by the council, which mistakenly published Manor Fields as the location for the Manor ceremony, led to about 200 people going to the wrong location.

Frecheville Jubille celebrations hosted at Hollinsend Cricket Club and Jubilee Beacon lighting. Fireworks display to entertain the crowd

Frecheville Jubille celebrations hosted at Hollinsend Cricket Club and Jubilee Beacon lighting. Fireworks display to entertain the crowd

Sheffield’s seventh beacon was at the Three Merry Lads pub, Lodge Moor – which was a 20ft pile of wood rather than a traditional beacon on a pole.

Landlord Barry Croxall said: “We probably had about 300 people for the beacon lighting. The flames were about 10 to 15 feet above the beacon and it was quite a spectacle. Six people who did not know about our event called the fire brigade to report it – but we had informed them about our plans so no fire engines were sent out.

“The beacon burned all night and was still smouldering yesterday morning.” Beacons were also lit at Renishaw Hall and Poolsbrook Country Park, in north Derbyshire, and Cannon Hall, Barnsley.

The beacon lit on Manor Fields as part of the jubilee celebrations

The beacon lit on Manor Fields as part of the jubilee celebrations

The beacon lit on Manor Fields as part of the jubilee celebrations

The beacon lit on Manor Fields as part of the jubilee celebrations

The beacon lit on Manor Fields as part of the jubilee celebrations

The beacon lit on Manor Fields as part of the jubilee celebrations