Lighting of the Beacon

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On Thursday 2nd June 2022 at our Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field, Ashton Hayes hosted one of the official Queen’s Jubilee Beacons. Read all about them at

The beacon was lit at 9:45 on Thursday June 2nd 2022

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons explained:  “Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, over 1,500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit across the UK and Commonwealth on the first evening of the four-day Jubilee Weekend (on Thursday 2nd June 2022). The Beacons will enable local communities to join together and pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events. 

At 2pm our Village Crier joined hundreds of town criers and 50 Pearly Kings and Queens from communities across the four corners of the nation and the Commonwealth to announce a specially-written Proclamation heralding the lighting of the beacons later that evening.

Village Crier Trevor Scadeng
Announcing that a beacon will be lit in Ashton Hayes

The AHSRA team ran a hot dog stand and a bar featuring Weetwood Ales. The Pavilion Café team served hot or cold drinks, ice cream and nibbles. We all enjoyed tasting the Jubilee Tart.