DIAMOND JUBILEE: Beacons to light up the night sky

Jubilee beacon at Cannon Hall attached. Jane Robinson of Cutting Technologies is on the right, Jane Galvin of Barnsley Council on the left.
Jubilee beacon at Cannon Hall attached. Jane Robinson of Cutting Technologies is on the right, Jane Galvin of Barnsley Council on the left.

LIGHT from a spectacular ring of fire will illuminate the horizon tonight - as bright-burning beacons are lit around Sheffield to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Six official Jubilee Beacons will be lit in the city at 10.15pm - at Chapeltown Park, the Mayfield Valley, Bradway Recreation Ground, Manor Fields, Fox Lane Playing Fields in Frecheville, and the Bolehills at Crookes.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out to watch.

A seventh beacon will be illuminated next to the Three Merry Lads pub at Lodge Moor.

All a part of a network of over 4,000 beacons being lit between 10pm and 10.30pm across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Commonwealth and overseas.

At 10.29pm beacons will be lit on Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.

And at 10.30pm the Queen herself will light the National Beacon in London.

In Barnsley, workers who helped to produce the hundreds of a diamond-shaped metal beacons being used around Britain presented one to their home town.

Staff from Cutting Technologies, a laser cutting and engraving firm in Barugh Green, made metal components for the free-standing beacons - and secured one of the very last ones for Barnsley. It will be lit at Cannon Hall Museum at 10.15pm.

Cutting Technologies’ Jane Robinson said: “We were honoured to work on such a prestigious project and play a role in a true once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Jane Galvin, at Barnsley Council’s arts and museums service, added: “We’ve arranged for re-enactment soldiers who staged battles at Cannon Hall over the Jubilee weekend to form a guard of honour while the beacon is lit.It should be really impressive.”

The beacon-lighting at Fox Lane will follow an evening of fun from 6pm. Hollinsend Methodist Cricket Club and the Friends of Frecheville Park are holding a Twenty 20 cricket match, under-12s fancy dress, a barbecue, a bar, and fireworks at 9.30pm.

Beacons are also being lit at Poolsbrook Country Park in Chesterfield, and Renishaw Hall.

CHATSWORTH is hosting a giant 1950s-style street party in its gardens today and tomorrow to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Visitors are encouraged to attend in vintage dress, take part in traditional village fete games, and enjoy their picnics at a 100m-long table dressed with union jacks, bunting, flags and balloons.

Special walking tours of the garden will highlight the royal links with Chatsworth and, inside, robes worn at the Queen’s Coronation will be on show.



Renishaw Hall


Chapeltown Park

Mayfield Valley

Bradway Rec

Manor Fields, City Road, near the cemetery

Fox Lane Playing Fields in Frecheville

Bolehills at Crookes

Three Merry Lads

Cannon Hall Barnsley

Poolsbrook Country Park