Jubilee Beacon Lighting 2022

June 5, 2022

The beacon lit up in Dereham town to a rousing cheer from the crowd

Last Thursday 2nd June saw the Dereham beacon on Fleece Meadow lit in grand style to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s ascension to the throne – the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It was decided nationally that beacons across the UK and all over the Commonwealth should be lit at the same time which, here in the UK meant at 9.45pm when it would be dark enough to gain the best effect.

The audience started to arrive at the Fleece Meadow from 7.30pm and were immediately at ease due to the friendly banter from Mr Sam, the Magic Man. He soon gathered an audience of children and adults and entertained them with a series of magical illusions and humorous patter.

On the other side of the meadow, Liberty Shepherd created a wonderful atmosphere with her relaxing, soulful style of singing. She sings a wide range of material including soul, ballads, country, contemporary songs and favourites. The audience were relaxed and good humoured in the lead-up to the beacon ceremony.

As dusk approached, fairy lights around the field became visible and gradually the anticipation built. The Reverend Paul Cubitt said a prayer for peace and a short demonstration of hand-bell ringing and then led us into the countdown.

After a false start, the brazier quickly flared up and blazed to an enormous cheer from the crowd. The event was really well supported with around 250 or more in the audience.

Thanks go to Dereham Mayor Hugh King who led on this town council event, helped by various community organisations in the town.