Sudbury beacon to mark jubilee

SUDBURY will embrace the jubilee spirit with the ceremonial lighting of a beacon next week.

The town council will carry out the night-time lighting at the The Croft on Monday.

The event is part of a nation-wide initiative, which will see more than 4,000 beacons across the UK and parts of the Commonwealth lit to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

The first of the beacons across the country will be lit at 10pm, with the Sudbury beacon – along with those lit by other councils – set to be lit at 10.15pm. At around 10.30pm, the Queen will light the final beacon in London.

Sudbury Town Council clerk Sue Brotherwood said: “We are delighted to be taking part in this historic, once in a lifetime celebration of our monarch.

“Sudbury has a long and proud history of its own with numerous royal connections, so it is right we mark the occasion by being part of such an important initiative.”

Britain has a history of beacon lighting spanning many hundreds of years. The tradition has been used to celebrate royal weddings, jubilees and coronations.

In 1897, beacons were lit nationally to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, while in 1977 and 2002 beacons were lit to celebrate the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilees.

l Hadleigh will light its own beacon at Beaumont Primary School on Monday. Residents can view the ceremony from the Durrant Road playing field at 10.15pm.