The Mayor of Stafford Borough was joined by local MP, Theo Clarke to light the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon in the town’s Victoria Park.
Hundreds of people lined the bowling green of the award-winning park on Thursday (2 June) as the evening began with poetry, readings and music. The official lighting ceremony got underway with speeches by the Mayor, Councillor Philip Leason MBE and MP.
The Stafford Army Cadets Corps of Drums, a piper, bugler and a rendition of ‘A Song for the Commonwealth’ also provided a fitting tribute to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll’s seventy years on the throne before the beacon was lit at 9.45pm.
The national anthem was sung after the Beacon had been lit and brought the curtain down on a ceremony organised by Stafford Borough Council in conjunction with The Great British Experience Company.
Councillor Leason thanked everyone for coming out to celebrate the ‘unique’ occasion to mark the wonderful service Her Majesty had given to the nation for seven decades.
Theo Clarke said: “It was an honour to light the official beacon in Stafford with our Mayor to mark the platinum jubilee and Her Majesty, The Queen’s, unique record of public service.
“It was brilliant to see so many residents joining the celebrations in Victoria Park.”
Earlier in the day the council held the ‘Stafford in the World’ event with thousands coming to the park which kick started four days of activities during the long bank holiday weekend.
Victoria Park has held a green flag as one of the best open spaces in the country since 2007 and underwent a Heritage Lottery funded £2.5m restoration in 2020.
More about the events from Victoria Park Events | Stafford Borough Council (staffordbc.gov.uk)
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